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HCA 101: Health Care Systems and Administration

Course Description

This course surveys the American health care system, while examining types of health care providers and the skill set needed to support industry change, e.g., organizational leadership, patient services management, budgeting and planning, marketing, health information technology , industry trends, public policy, ethics, and the impact of the global economy on the delivery of health care. (3 credits)

This course meets certain CAHIIM competencies for HIM Majors.

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Describe basic leadership skills.
  2. Evaluate the American Health Care System.
  3. Construct pathways to meet the administrative concerns of patients.
  4. Explain the healthcare manager’s roles.
  5. Summarize how Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and other technological applications improve organizational efficiency.
  6. Analyze the general financial performance of a health care organization.
  7. Interpret critical components in lawful and ethical decision-making.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

40%

Reflection Papers (Weeks 1-8)

10%

Midterm Exam Paper (Week 4)

20%

Final Exam Paper (Week 8)

30%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Niles, Nancy J. (2018). Basics of the U.S. Health Care System. 3rd ed. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett. ISBN: 9781284102888

Additional Resources

Outside scholarly research may be performed by visiting the Charter Oak State College virtual library.

Course Schedule

(Note: Course week runs Sunday 12:00 am EST - Saturday 11:59 pm EST)

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

2

History of the U.S. Health Care System

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1
    • Chapter 2
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Reflection Paper (Due by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)

2

2, 4

Current Operations of the Healthcare System and Government's Role in U.S. Health Care

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3
    • Chapter 4
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Reflection Paper (Due by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)

3

3

Public Health's Role in Health Care and Inpatient and Outpatient Services

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5
    • Chapter 6
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Reflection Paper (Due by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Prepare for Midterm Exam
41, 3, 6

U.S. Healthcare Workforce and Healthcare Finance

  • Readings;
    • Chapter 7
    • Chapter 8
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Reflection Paper (Due by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Submit Midterm Exam Paper (Due by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)

Midterm Exam Paper
Chapters 1-8
SLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6

5

2, 3, 4, 5

Managed Care Impact on Healthcare Delivery and Information Technology Impact on Health Care

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9
    • Chapter 10
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Reflection Paper (Due by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Prepare for Final Exam

6

1, 3, 4, 7

Healthcare Law and Healthcare Ethics

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11
    • Chapter 12
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Reflection Paper (Due by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Prepare for Final Exam

7

3, 4, 5, 7

Mental Health Issues

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 13
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Reflection Paper (Due by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Prepare for Final Exam

8

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Analysis of the U.S. Healthcare System

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 14
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions (Postings must be completed on three separate days throughout the week by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Reflection Paper (Due by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)
  • Submit Final Exam Paper (Due by Saturday 11:59 pm EST)

Final Exam Paper
Chapters 1-14
SLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7

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Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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