HCTM 301 US Healthcare Policies and Delivery Systems • 5 Cr.
Introduction to healthcare systems in the United States. Students will identify laws, regulations, standards, initiatives, and payment systems; learn the impact of policies and procedures applicable to the various healthcare organizations; and gain an appreciation of the roles and disciplines of providers throughout the US healthcare system. Includes comparison of the national and international healthcare systems. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program or permission of instructor.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Relate current issues and controversies in healthcare to historical development of the United States (US) healthcare system
- Compare and contrast the US healthcare system to healthcare systems in other countries
- Outline the role of federal, state and local governments in provision of healthcare in the US, including healthcare information technology (HIT) and healthcare informatics initiatives
- Summarize the roles and structure of the types of healthcare organizations responsible for providing healthcare and the professionals who provide healthcare in the US
- Debate the strengths and limitations of current mechanisms for financing healthcare in the US
- Analyze current and pending legislation, accreditation, licensure and certification standards that affect and/or regulate healthcare delivery systems in the US
- Present the trends in US healthcare delivery systems and debate challenges moving forward