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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Presents an overview of major issues related to the design, function, management, regulation, and evaluation of health insurance and managed care plans. Provides a firm foundation in basic concepts pertaining to private and public sector health insurance/benefit plans, both as provided by employers and government agencies such as Medicaid and Medicare. Key topics include population care management techniques, provider payment, organizational integration, quality and accountability, cost-containment, and public policy. The course makes extensive use of outside experts Course is relevant for management- or policy-oriented students who will be working in, or interrelating with, public and private (both for-profit and not-for-profit) health insurance plans and organized delivery systems such as HMOs and hospital/physician “integrated” delivery systems. Course is also relevant to students who will be researching and analyzing these systems. Although the emphasis is placed on the US, the mat

Learning Objective(s):

The goal of this class is to provide an overview of major issues related to the design, function, management, regulation, and evaluation of health insurance programs and managed care organizations, including HMOs. The focus will be on both private and public sector programs. The emphasis will be placed on the US, though the course should be of relevance to organized health care programs in other nations. The main learning objective of this course is to increase the effectiveness of classmembers (appropriate to their educational program) as managers, policy analysts, public health advocates, or researchers/evaluators working with -- or within -- these types of organizations. Specifically, students will be able to better function as managers, policy analysts or evaluators dealing with the following health insurance/ managed care issue areas: - Finance and organization - Network structure - Medical management - Quality monitoring and improvement - Special need populations - Mental health - Pharmacy benefits

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on a mid-term and a take-home final exam.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 9:00 - 10:20
  • Wednesday 9:00 - 10:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: Student taking 309.620 for credit should not enroll in 309.622.11.
Instructor Consent: No consent required

This course is intended for students with some basic knowledge of the US health care system. 300.651 or a similar courses or consent of instructor.

Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail