720: Health Care Payment and Policy
Health Care Payment and Policy is a course which focuses on the roles of payers, purchasers, providers and consumers in the shifting arena of health insurance. A primary variable in the course will be consideration of the Affordable Care Act and the regulatory compliance challenges posed by it .The first part of the course will explore the development of health insurance, the growth of managed care models and the role of employers in shaping health benefits. The second portion of the course will explore the evolution of Medicare and Medicaid, with a strong emphasis on state health policy development. The final portion of the course will consider the evolution of new health delivery models such as Accountable Care Organizations and Patient Centered Medical Homes, new reimbursement methodologies that combine cost and quality elements and the expanding efforts at prevention and wellness in the face of chronic illness challenges. Students will be required to write three office memos and participate in a group project exercise.