Health policy drives the American healthcare system. Every actor in the industry - whether one is working for a pharmaceutical, biotech or medical device firm, a provider or a payer - is affected by it. Health policy determines payment rates, access to technology, access to care and ultimately who lives or dies. Understanding the process of health policy-making in the United States and being able to influence that process are critical to the success of senior managers in our nation's health industry. This course establishes a conceptual framework for understanding health policy and the forces that shape it, details the health policy process so it can be understood and influenced, and examines in detail a number of critical health policy issues such as the Medicare drug benefit, the enhancement of access and the reimbursement for biotechnology products and medical devices. The highly interactive course features debates and panels, including some with leaders in healthcare policy.
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