Introduction to Health Care Management - HCM 301

This course provides an overview of the evolution, structure and current issues in the health care system. It examines the unique features of health care as a product, and the changing relationships between patients, physicians, hospitals, insurers, employers, communities, and government. The course examines three broad segments of the health care industry: payers, providers, and suppliers. Within the payer segment, the course examines the sources and destinations of spending, MOH, CNSS, insurance, technology assessment and renewal, and payer strategy. Within the provider segment, the course examines the impact of cost containment and competition on hospitals and integrated HC delivery systems, and physicians’ relationships. Within the supplier segment, the course will examine developments in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical devices (equipment and supplies), genomic and IT industries.