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Medical Practice Management

East Baltimore
3rd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
LaKeasha Wormley

312.600 or 312.601


Changing payment models and other factors are driving health care delivery system reform leading to new models, which have significantly altered the role of hospitals and enhanced the need for better alignment and management of the physician enterprise. Students will examine the operational and management implications of these new delivery system payment models and funds flows and attendant regulatory issues.

Explores contemporary issues related to the structure and operations of hospitals, health systems, and the expanding role of physician networks and models in the development of integrated delivery systems. Examines regulatory and other critical factors influencing these models. Prepares students to assess how delivery systems changes will impact quality and costs, increase reliance on physician networks in the coordination of care, and acquaint students with the operational and strategic challenges and best practices associated with managing and integrating physician practices as an integral aspect of delivery system reform. Emphasizes future stages of healthcare delivery system reform in value/risk-based environments

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identity and explain the five health industry forces that are driving hospitals and physicians towards delivering value instead of volume
  2. Identify and explain the operational challenges associated with the expansion of care delivery systems
  3. Apply methods to assess health system organizational effectiveness, physician practice efficiency and financial stability, provider alignment and engagement, and clinical integration within the care continuum
  4. Evaluate best practices and models for physician-hospital alignment to enhance quality, reduce costs, and provide enhanced clinical integration
  5. Choose essential health system competencies and care delivery models of the future including meaningful measures of success that encourage, align, and engage all members of the delivery system
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 85% Written Assignment(s)
  • 7% Participation
  • 7% Peer-feedback

Enrollment Restriction:

Undergraduates are not permitted in this course

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Due to enrollment maximum, all students must obtain consent in order to register

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course blends traditional classroom time and outside-of-class activities with a corresponding reduction in class sessions. This class will meet once a week. Students are expected to spend 1 hour a week on class work in addition to regular homework.