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    HSAD 300 Health Care Organization and Administration (4)

    This is a survey course that looks at the multitude of healthcare entities (public and private), how they interact and the issues that are in today's complex health care environment.

    HSAD 310 Health Care Supervision (4)

    Prerequisite: HSAD 300 or consent of the instructor.

    Topics covered include: tasks, education, roles and values of health services managers in various settings; control, organization behavior, design, professional integration, adaptation and accountability. Case analysis method will be emphasized.

    HSAD 315 Health Care Technology (4)

    Prerequisites: Junior standing

    This course provides an introduction to professional development. Identified and reviewed are skills commonly associated with professional behavior critical to establishing and demonstrating competence in young professionals. The focus will be developing and enhancing professional behavior.

    HSAD 322 Health Care Technology (4)

    Prerequisites: HSAD 300, MISC 311 or consent of the instructor.

    This course introduces the student to the technology used in health care for administrative, clinical and facility needs. Support systems for health care are also discussed. This illustrates the breadth and scope of technology in health care and its impact on patients, providers and payers.

    HSAD 399 Special Studies (1-10)

    Prerequisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

    Subjects vary according to faculty and student interest and need.

    HSAD 410 Health Law, Regulation and Ethics (4)

    Prerequisites: HSAD 300, 310, 322 or consent of the instructor.

    This course is an introduction to health-related legislation, regulation and certification/accreditation programs. The legal and ethical implications for providers and consumers of health care are explored. Topics covered include contracts, fraud and abuse, antitrust and corporate, criminal and tax law, informed consent, patient rights, medical worker issues and conflict of interest. Ethics, risk management and corporate compliance, will also be discussed.

    HSAD 435 Process Improvement in Health Care (4)

    Prerequisites: HSAD 300, 310, 322 and 410 or consent of the instructor.

    This course examines strategic planning in health care, the application of quality management in health care and strategies for competitive advantage. The student is exposed to a variety of strategies as well as a systems approach to understanding concepts as they apply to health care.

    HSAD 440 Health Care Research Design and Methods (4)

    Prerequisites: DSCI 245 and HSAD 300 or consent of the instructor.

    This course covers the methods used in health services research and evaluation which includes research designs, measurement, methods of analysis and evaluation of published research. The objective of the course is to provide the student with an understanding of the research process and evidence-based research as it relates to health care.

    HSAD 445 Population Health Management (4)

    Prerequisites: DSCI 245, HSAD 300, HSAD 310, HSAD 440, MISC 311
    This course focuses on population health and on deigning and managing health care for the population.It encompasses both population health and managerial epidemiology concepts and tools to improve decisions about the management of health services. It explores effective management of resources to maintain and promote the health of the population.

    HSAD 450 International Perspectives on Healthcare (4)

    [Satisfies international studies university graduation requirement.]

    This course evaluates the impact of values and beliefs, types of providers, government, funding and medical technology in the delivery of health care in industrialized, emerging and poor geographic regions outside the United States. It compares the delivery of health care in these geographic areas to each other and to that experienced in the United States to determine best practices and areas for improvement

    HSAD 455 Healthcare Billing (2)

    Prerequisites: HSAD 300, 310, 410, 440.

    This course provides an overview of the healthcare billing processes from a variety of healthcare delivery systems both public and private. Systems used in billing, the billing and revenue cycles and application of information for administrative and clinical needs are reviewed.

    HSAD 460 Long Term Care Administration (4)

    Prerequisite: HSAD 300 or consent of the instructor.

    The administration issues of care for long term patients will be addressed with specific discussion on the aged and primary and extended care of the age. The peculiar social, cultural and economic environment will be discussed as each is related to accessibility and availability of health services and the aspects of administration in long term care facilities.

    HSAD 470 Healthcare Finance (4)

    Prerequisite: BUED 302, DSCI 245, HSAD 300, HSAD 310, HSAD 322, HSAD 410 MISC 311

    This course focuses on the practical application of health care finance theory as it applies to the current health care environment. revenue and expense applications are explored in depth, particularly in relationship to the delivery of health care services. Both private and public healthcare funding are explored. Specific emphasis is placed on understanding the components of the income statement and balance sheet, developing a budget, and using these financial statements for analyzing operational changes.

    HSAD 490 Senior Capstone: The Impact of Culture, Gender and Race on Health (4)

    [Satisfies senior capstone university graduation requirement.]

    This course examines health related differences due to the impact of gender, ethnicity and race on health. It attempts to put this information in a context which allows health program managers to use this information to better plan, design and implement programs which are sensitive to the health needs of diverse populations. To achieve this goal the class will examine epidemiological research, historical and cultural studies and social and psychological theories pertaining to health status and communication.

    HSAD 495 Internship (5)

    Prerequisites: HSAD 300, 310, 410 and permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean

    Students learn the day-to-day operation of a health care organization by spending 20 hours a week on-site under direct supervision.

    HSAD 499 Directed Study (5)

    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

    Individual study in a field of special interest.

    HSAD 500 U.S. Health Care Systems (4)

    Prerequisite: graduate standing.

    This course concentrates on the health care environment and how it impacts on health services administration. Considerable time is spent discussing the effectiveness of the health care system in the United States as it exists today. Topics to be covered include: the various health care delivery models, financing health care, managed care organizations, Medicare and Medicaid, health manpower, single and multi-hospital systems, long-term care and historical data.

    HSAD 510 Health Law (4)

    Prerequisite: HSAD 500.

    The objective of the course is to develop in the student an appreciation for the depth and reach of the law in all facets of the health care delivery process. The course will emphasize the impact of the law in private and public health settings. Topics include an introduction to our legal system, professional liability issues related to providers, legal issues in the operation and regulation of health care institutions and legal issues in the institution-patient relationship as well as the institution-physician relationship.

    HSAD 520 Health Reimbursement Issues (4)

    Prerequisites: HSAD 500 and either BADM 530 or PADM 507 and 513 or consent of the instructor.

    Reimbursement issues are reviewed for two perspectives (1) institutions/providers and (2) payers and users of health care, such as insurers, business and consumers. Topics covered from the providers' perspective include evaluation of one's financial information for clinical and managerial decisions. Topics covered from the payer's perspective include financial incentives and disincentives. Implications for efficient and effective delivery of health care services are identified and explored.

    HSAD 530 Seminar on Business and Health (4)

    Prerequisites: HSAD 500 and advanced graduate standing or consent of the instructor.

    This course examines the role companies and other employers play in the development of health policy and provision of health services pertaining to employee benefits.

    HSAD 535 Risk Management and Process Improvement (4)

    Prerequisites: HSAD 500, HLED 505, PUBH 510

    This course introduces students to the processes of risk management and process improvement in healthcare. Current models, Methods and tools used in both risk management and process improvement throughout the continuum of health care delivery are examined.

    HSAD 540 Health Policy (4)

    This course discuses major relevant policy issues in the United States healthcare system. Public policy process is reviewed. Healthcare policy impacting private and public entities including Medicare, Medicaid, Department of Defense, Veterans Administration and Indian Health services are examined.

    HSAD 541 Advanced Health Policy (4)

    Prerequisites: HSAD 540

    This course builds upon HSAD 540 and discusses policy formulation and administrative implementation.  A systems approach to viewing issues related to public health policy implementation is examined and global policy issues are reviewed.

    HSAD 545 Health Informatics (4)

    This course introduces the fundamentals of health information systems and the management of health information, including health data management, health statistics , biomedical research, quality management,  information technology and systems. These elements are discussed in the content of healthcare delivery systems.

    HSAD 550 Health Economics (4)

    This course provides an overview of health economics and examines the flow of funds through the health care system. Economic principles important to health care are discussed and the impact of economics related to influencing individual, organization and community health care decisions is explored.

    HSAD 560 Managed Care Systems (4)

    Prerequisites: HSAD 500, 520 or consent of the instructor.

    An examination of the challenges associated with organizing and managing various types of managed care systems (Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), Preferred Providers Organizations (PPOs), etc.). The course places special emphasis on the organization and management of physicians' practice and the principles of health insurance, including premium development and risk management. Other topics include contractual relationships with hospitals, utilization review, quality assurance systems and marketing.

    HSAD 595 Internship (1-5)

    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

    HSAD 596 Experimental Course (2-5)

    HSAD 598 Seminar in Health Services Administration (4)

    This course is designed to emphasize the manager's role when conducting grant writing or research within the field of health care. The course will emphasize the managerial applications of survey research and grant writing from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Students will learn to conduct survey research or write a grant during this course with the assistance of the instructor.

    HSAD 599 Directed Readings (1-5)

    Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean

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    Spokane, WA 99202

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