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E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
The Roots of Health Care in the United States


E-Seminar 2
Medicare, Medicaid, and the Legacy of the New Deal


E-Seminar 3
The Uninsured


E-Seminar 4
Managing the Managed-Care Revolution


E-Seminar 5
Managed-Care in the Public Sector


E-Seminar 6
Long-Term Care


 
The Politics of Health Care
A Series of Six E-Seminars

Taught by: Michael S. Sparer, Ph.D.

Description
In The Politics of Health Care, a series of six e-seminars, Michael S. Sparer, Associate Professor of Public Health at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, discusses the evolution of the health-care system in the United States, its existing framework, and current policy proposals. His focus in the first two e-seminars, The Roots of Health Care in the United States and Medicare, Medicaid, and the Legacy of the New Deal, is on the historical underpinnings of the modern health-care system, including the debate over the proper role of government. In the final four e-seminars, The Uninsured, Managing the Managed-Care Revolution, Managed Care in the Public Sector, and Long-Term Care, Professor Sparer delves into the present reality of health care for all segments of American society. He sheds light on the complex, changeable world of health care in the United States and offers insights into its future direction.



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Professor Michael Sparer introduces his six-part e-seminar series, outlining the purpose of the series and highlighting the topics to be discussed.

Series Length: 3-5 hours
Start Date: Anytime
Credits: Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites: None
Moderator: None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni: FREE
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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Additional Resources | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•   Learn how the U.S. health-care system is organized and who pays the nation's health-care bills.

•   Explore the historical and present role of the U.S. government in health care and examine why efforts to enact national health insurance have failed.

•   Learn about the uninsured, prescription drug coverage, long-term care, and other key issues facing the U.S. health-care system

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Outline
E-Seminar 1, The Roots of Health Care in the United States
  1. Introduction
  2. Evolution of Long-Term Care
  3. Providing Long-Term Care
  4. Paying for Long-Term Care
  5. The Current Agenda
  6. Conclusion

E-Seminar 2, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Legacy of the New Deal
  1. Introduction
  2. History of Medicaid and Medicare
  3. Medicaid
  4. Medicare
  5. Conclusion

E-Seminar 3, The Uninsured
  1. Introduction
  2. The American Uninsured
  3. Phase One: Employer Mandates
  4. Phase Two: Small-Group Reform
  5. Phase Three: Return to the Public Sector
  6. The Current Debate
  7. Conclusion

E-Seminar 4, Managing the Managed-Care Revolution
  1. Introduction
  2. A System on the Fringe
  3. The Rise of Managed Care
  4. Legislating Managed Care
  5. The Current Debate
  6. Conclusion

E-Seminar 5, Managed Care in the Public Sector
  1. Introduction
  2. Medicaid Managed Care
  3. The Future of Medicaid
  4. The Safety Net
  5. Medicare Managed Care
  6. The Future of Medicare
  7. Conclusion

E-Seminar 6, Long-Term Care
  1. Introduction
  2. Evolution of Long-Term Care
  3. Providing Long-Term Care
  4. Paying for Long-Term Care
  5. The Current Agenda
  6. Conclusion

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Michael Sparer is Associate Professor at the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Brandeis University and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law (Newark). Professor Sparer studies and writes about the politics of health care with an emphasis on the state and local role in the American health-care system. He is the author of Medicaid and the Limits of State Health Reform (Temple University Press, 1996) as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

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Recommended Reading
DiIulio, John J., and Frank J. Thompson, eds. Medicaid and Devolution: A View from the States. Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institute, 1998.

Feldman, Penny Hollander, ed. "From Philosophy to Practice: Selected Issues in Financing and Coordinating Long-Term Care" Journal of Aging and Health 15, no. 1 (February 2003).

Hacker, Jacob S. Jonas & Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States. 7th ed. New York: Springer, 2002.

Sparer, Michael S. Medicaid and the Limits of State Health Reform. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996.

Starr, Paul. The Social Transformation of American Medicine. New York: Basic, 1982.


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Additional Resources
The Web site of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, an independent philanthropy focusing on the major health care issues facing the nation.

The Web site of the AARP Research Center, the research arm of the AARP, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and older.

The Web site of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused exclusively on health and health care in the United States.

The Web site of the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan economic and social-policy research organization.


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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128MB or more recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128MB or more recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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