Future Healthcare Payment Models Online Course
Future Healthcare Payment Models (Coursera)

Future Healthcare Payment Models (Coursera)

Future Healthcare Payment Models is a free online MOOC Course, Offered by Northeastern University via Coursera. This is Course 2 of 4 in the Healthcare Trends for Business Professionals Specialization.

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Future Healthcare Payment Models Online Course Overview

This course will review the drivers of healthcare cost and solutions that have been proposed to address the cost, quality and value of health care. Many point to blame for high costs on payment models that pay healthcare providers for every service they provide to patients, essentially paying more for volume and service intensity. This is called a Fee for Service (FFS) payment model. Some solutions, arguably the more sustainable solutions, are the combined strategies of new payment models, care management, insurance plan designs, consumer engagement tools, and technology.

Using that information we will explore various situations, showcasing coordinated care and payment strategies that can be implemented to improve patient health and the cost of delivery of healthcare services.

By the end of this course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Identify the drivers and trends of healthcare spending from the perspective of various stakeholders, including medical providers, insurers, government and private purchasers and payments
  2. Critically assess the impact of strategic and financial approaches that have been put in place by the ACA and the various modifications.
  3. Evaluate how healthcare payment models currently work and the new direction that value-based payment is taking.
  4. Identify how financial and non-financial metrics can be appropriately combined to improve a healthcare stakeholders’ value proposition.

What You Will Learn

  • Identify the drivers and trends of healthcare spending from the perspective of various stakeholders.
  • Critically assess the impact of strategic and financial approaches that have been put in place by the ACA and the various modifications.
  • Evaluate how healthcare payment models currently work and the new direction that value-based payment is taking.
  • Identify how financial and non-financial metrics can be appropriately combined to improve a healthcare stakeholders’ value proposition.

Course Syllabus

WEEK 1 – Current Healthcare Spend and Trend

This week’s focus will be on understanding the various stakeholders in healthcare. We will review the “math” surrounding healthcare costs and how they can fluctuate. Healthcare drivers will be reviewed to identify trends. As you move through the weekly material, I encourage you to think about the impact that the drivers have on the delivery of healthcare services.

WEEK 2 – I Thought we were done with this: Insurance Markets

This week we will describe the various elements which underline health insurance within the United States. For example, third-party payment structures and risk pooling, to name a few. This week we will focus some time on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which is a very complex piece of legislation. Special attention will be made to provisions of the ACA that impact insurance markets, financing, healthcare costs, and payment models.

WEEK 3 – Value-Based Payment Models

This week will continue to “follow the money”. We will focus much of our attention on the shortcomings of a Fee-for-Service payment model. Our attention will shift to alternative payment models that have been implemented, allowing for certain comparisons to be made. Lastly, we will review some results that have been achieved because of the new payment models. This week I will leave you by asking If we know that the Fee-for-Service payment model is dysfunctional, why is it continuously used?

WEEK 4 – Evolving Integrated Models: Putting It All Together

This week we shift our focus from reviewing current payment models and strategies to applying some of the models and concepts to “real-world” scenarios. We will use fictitious examples, as well as published articles to bring together all of the concepts. As with most things, there is not one single answer to solving the healthcare cost, quality, and value problems. I encourage you to think “outside of the box” and as always, “follow the money!”

Course Instructor

  • Rina Vertes

Additional information

Course Delivery

Online

Course Efforts

1-4 Hours/Week

Course Enrollment

Free

Course Instructor

Course Language

English

Course Length

4 Weeks

Course Level

Beginner

Course Provider

Course School

Course Subtitles

English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Flexible Learning

Yes

Verified Certificate

Paid

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