HEALTH INSURANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT
This course provides a broad overview of the organization, financing, and delivery of health care via health insurance. The course is organized as follows. In the first module, we will examine the history of the development of health insurance and health care delivery systems in the 20th century; including health insurance markets and the public and private providers of health insurance in the United States. In the second module, we will examine reimbursement for medical care, including incentive structures and risk adjustment. In the third module, we will assess efforts currently underway in the U.S. with respect to improving access to and quality of health care while reducing costs. In the fourth module, the class will focus on major challenges facing the U.S. health care system with case studies of high healthcare prices and social determinants of health as key challenges. This course focuses mainly on the U.S. system, with health systems in other comparable countries briefly discussed for comparison. Students are evaluated based on discussion form participation, 2 individual problem sets, one group problem set, and a take-home final exam/assignment.