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Robert J. Town

Professor of Health Care Management

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  • BEPP995 - Dissertation


  • HCMG890 - Advanced Study Project Seminar

    There are two ASP Seminars: HCMG 890-001 Management of Health Care Service Businesses; HCMG 890-003 Health Business and Policy

    HCMG 890-001: This course examines issues related to the Services Sector of thehealth care industry. For those interested in management, investing, or bankingto the health care industry, the services sector will likely be the largest and most dynamic sector within all of health care. We will study key management issues related to a number of different health care services businesses with a focus on common challenges related to reimbursement, regulatory, margin, growth, and competitive issues. We will look at a number of different businesses and subsectors that may have been unfamiliar to students prior to taking the course. We will make extensive use of outside speakers, many of whom will be true industry leaders within different sectors of the health care services industry. Speakers will address the current management issues they face in running their businesses as well as discuss the career decisions and leadership styles that enables them to reach the top of their profession. Students will be asked to develop a plan to both buyout and manage a specific health care services business of their choosing and will present their final plans to a panel of leading Health Care Private Equity investors who will evaluate their analysis. Prerequisites: HCMG 841

    HCMG 890-003: This course will discuss how healthcare businesses(life sciences, health plans, and providers) and businesses providing health benefits are affected by government policies. Such actions include changes in the government's role as a payer, rules about insurance coverage for workers and dependents, and regulations dealing with workplace health and product safety. They also include regulations, subsidies, taxes, and public payments for health care goods and services supplied by organizations including for profit corporations, professional firms, and nonprofit entities. Finally they include organizations created by businesses and others to affect (lobby) government actions concerning health, health care, or health spending. Rather than ask the usual policy question about what business behaviors and reactions mean to the government's health policy, the course will ask what government health policy means to business. Methods of health policy analysis (which explores the equity and efficiency consequences of alternative policies) will be used, along with positive (descriptive) models of political economy (median voter, interest groups) and the public budget. Evaluation will involve written policy analyses, mock testimony, and policy critiques.

    HCMG890002  ( Syllabus

  • HCMG903 - Economics of Health Care and Policy

    This course applies basic economic concepts to analyze the health care market and evaluate health policies. The course begins with an analysis of the demand for health, the derived demand for medical care and the demand for health insurance. The second part of the course examines the supply of medical care by physicians and hospitals, medical technology, and the role of managed care organizations. The implication of adverse selection, moral hazard, externalities, and asymmetric information will be explored. The third part of the course examines the rationale for government intervention in medical markets as well as the effectiveness and efficiency of various health policies, including: Medicare, Medicaid, price regulation of hospitals, physician payment reform, medical malpractice, uncompensated care, and physician manpower planning.