This course provides an advanced, critical analysis of the delivery and payment of healthcare services in the U.S. It will analyze the attractiveness and feasibility of new approaches to address the challenges facing providers, payors and patients operating in an inefficient, misaligned, and fragmented healthcare system. Particular focus will be given to the impact of the 2009 HITECH Act as well as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. There will be guest lectures by some of a variety of major leaders in healthcare business and policy. Students with limited knowledge of healthcare payment and delivery systems are unlikely to benefit from the course given the advanced nature of the material that will be covered.
Important Note: This course is designed for students with at least a basic understanding of the healthcare delivery system in the U.S.
Ashley Swanson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Columbia Business School and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She received her AB in Economics and Statistics from the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. Professor Swanson’s research interests include industrial organization and health economics.