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Health Policy and Management

Week Three

Quantitative Tools for Managers, 312.604.11

3 academic credits
June 20-22, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Instructor: Kyun Hee (Ken) Lee, DrPH, MHS

Examines how information processing power can be applied to increase quality and decrease cost in healthcare. Emphasizes the importance of understanding analytics as a healthcare manager. Focuses on five themes related to managing a healthcare organization: finance, quality, market, operations, and utilization. Reviews theories such as data formats, database structures, and analysis methods. Explains how data is collected, prepared, and applied to make a positive impact. Real world examples provided during each session so that students can use the lecture materials to solve problems. Develops future healthcare leaders who can understand the details as well as think critically beyond the data. Students taking this course for graduate academic credit will be evaluated based on in class exercises (20%); homework (30%); final project (30%); short paper on current topics in healthcare analytics (10%); and attendance (10%). Assignments will be due within one month of the conclusion of the course on a date identified by the instructor. No assignments will be accepted after August 5, 2016.


Effective Writing for Public Health Chance, 308.604.11

3 academic credits
June 20-22, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Instructor: Beth A. Resnick, MPH

Sharpens persuasive writing skills for public health change. Focuses on the key elements of successful advocacy writing, including fundamental writing mechanics and grammar, effective argumentation structure, rhetorical awareness, and analysis of the political/policy environment. Addresses and practices a variety of writing techniques, including story-telling, and data presentation. Participants review and analyze a wide range of persuasive writing formats (i.e., white papers, letters opinion-editorials, and policy briefs), and participate in short in-class writing exercises and writing workshops. Students taking this course for graduate academic credit will be evaluated based on class participation, in class writing workshops, and a final written assignment. The final assignment will be due within a month of the conclusion of the course on a date identified by the instructor. No assignment will be accepted after August 5, 2016.


Performance Measurement in Health Care, 312.620.11

2 academic credits
June 23-24, 2016 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Instructor: Nikolas Matthes, MD

Focuses on performance measurement for hospitals and describes key aspects and challenges of measurement initiatives in the current context of health care reform in general, and payment reform more specifically. The faculty, all senior health care professionals from the trenches, describe the regulatory environment, and Joint Commission and CMS requirements. They also summarize key measures used for public reporting and payment such as chart-abstracted clinical process, administrative data based outcomes, satisfaction, and efficiency. Highlights the advantages and disadvantages of each type of measure and discusses appropriate use of analytics and comparison data including patient satisfaction. Covers current public reporting and pay for performance initiatives and associated challenges. Another topic is emerging initiatives in the context of the electronic medical records, such as e-measures and meaningful use. Students taking this course for graduate academic credit will be evaluated based on a final paper (80%) and class participation (20%). The paper will be due within a month of the conclusion of the course on a date identified by the instructor. No assignments will be accepted after August 5, 2016.