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.
An applied microeconomist, Professor Swanson’s research focuses primarily on the economics of health care. In particular, she studies the effects of industrial organization and information on choices, costs, and health outcomes. Her recent work has examined the effect of physician ownership on health care quality and provider incentives; the effects of lack of transparency and other frictions on negotiations between hospitals and...