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The Healthcare Administration concentration is designed for working professionals employed in the areas of education, childcare, social services, healthcare and business. The curriculum will focus on management systems, decision-making tools, new technologies, financial management, and referral systems as well as current issues in healthcare law and ethics.
1. Current Issues in Healthcare Administration
The course is designed to expose students to significant current issues that impact the healthcare professional. Topic areas will include healthcare industry-specific marketing, technology, finance, human resource management, the political environment, healthcare management culture and other current issues as they relate to the healthcare administrator. Topics will vary as changes to the industry environment dictate.
2. Healthcare Finance and Process Management
This course is designed to educate students regarding the complex and volatile aspects of healthcare financial management and how these aspects affect the processes associated with provide healthcare services in a variety of healthcare settings. Topics address organizational behavior while focusing on wage and benefit factors, operating revenue by payer sources, healthcare tax status information, managing capital, capitation and fee-for-service reimbursement, healthcare reform regulatory requirements related to reimbursement for all sectors in the industry, capital and financial budgeting and forecasting, managing inventory, strategic planning, and healthcare ratio analysis. Students investigate the application of financial management to an industry where reimbursement from payers has declined for over a decade while the demand for technologically advanced and expensive healthcare services will soon meet a breaking point. The social justice issues of quality, access, and cost for healthcare services is examined within the reality of available funds to provide such services.
3. Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics
This capstone course will require students to examine general healthcare administration issues within a framework of legislative issues and their impact on healthcare systems in the United States. Special emphasis will focus on the changes in federal governmental regulations and their impact on quality and financial administrative issues. Through the case study approach involving politics, policy, regulatory environments, economics and ethics, students will critically analyze issues for both healthcare providers and organizations related to corporate governance, personal choice, and regulatory compliance. Topics will include applied ethics, conflicts of interest, and allocation of scarce resources, FDA regulations, confidentiality, payment policies, patient rights, data security, professional liability, and global competition.
4. Managing Healthcare Systems
This course is a comprehensive approach to the multitude of organizations and flow management systems for managing healthcare. Students explore the historical context, social implications, evolution and current state of healthcare services in America. Topics include the types of managed care organizations, provider payment plans, utilization control, negotiations, underwriting and rate setting, and managing efficient and effective organizational structures. The course also addresses marketing and information systems (both onsite and web-based) for business operations and management decision making in the industry.
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