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LECOM
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Bradenton Campus
Fall, 2015 COURSE SYLLABUS
HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT
COURSE # HCM--1004
CREDITS 1.00

COURSE Director
Jeffrey E. Myers, Esq.
Associate General Counsel
Bradenton Office, Room 323
Phone: 941-782-5671
E Mail: jmyers@lecom.edu
Contributing Faculty, Erie Campus
Richard Ferretti, Esq.; E Mail rferretti@lecom.edu; Phone--814-866-8124
Contributing Faculty, Seton Hill Campus
Julie Freeman, Esq.; E Mail jfreeman@lecom.edu; Phone--724-552-2871

Office Hours
Any day by appointment

Required Text:
The Toyota Way to Healthcare Excellence
John Black and David Miller
Health Administration Press

Course Description
Health Care Management is designed to help prepare physicians to meet health care needs in the
business setting. A health care professional's first priority is to provide safe high-quality, patient-focused
care. Today, physicians must also assume executive and managerial duties in addition to their clinical
functions. Physicians in practice must deal with a highly litigious society and an increasingly regulated
environment, with a myriad of management and legal issues facing them. Physicians will initially be
engaged in contractual and employment issues. Later, a physician will deal with the issues of
managing/working for a practice, making business decisions, strategic planning and meeting compliance
mandates.
This course will introduce the student to business and legal terminology, contractual terms and issues, the
key issues involved in managing a medical practice, LEAN management and leadership principles. There
will also be examples of how to apply management principles to our curricula. There will be four lectures
along with time for directed reading of portions of the chosen text, articles on management and two
sample agreements. An optional exam review session will be offered.

Course Goals
The primary goals of Health Care Management are to introduce/update the students to/on knowledge and
concepts necessary for them to be successful in understanding and handling legal, contractual and
managerial issues essential to the practice of health care. Practical applications of theories, law and
business principles and issues will be provided.

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Core Competencies

Patient care
o Examine practices that maximize quality and minimize risk to patients
Interpersonal and communication skills
o Apply techniques to improve staff and patient communications
Professionalism
o Learn leadership and ethical principles to fulfill obligations and to model professionalism to
staff and colleagues
Practice-based learning and improvement
o Instill appreciation for continuing improvement in efficiency and quality in health care
practice and delivery

These will be evaluated by your performance on the courses one examination.

Course Objectives
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Describe the elements and components of contracts relevant to a physicians practice;


Recognize/recall key managerial terminology and issues;
Identify certain managerial philosophies;
Apply management principles and theories to health care practice;
Recognize legal requirements; and
Investigate practical applications of objectives 1 - 5.

Course Outcomes
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Restate management terminology in a practical fashion;


Express the LEAN philosophy of management;
Relate the importance of quality and current practice forms to health care delivery;
Review issues encountered in managing a practice;
Recognize salient aspects of and emerging trends in the health care market;
Apply management issues, such as contract negotiation and terms; basic finance; staffing;
employee relations; and recordkeeping in a real world fashion to education, clinical rotations and
medical practice.

Grading Policy
Grades will be based solely on performance in the examination according to the guidelines set forth in the
LECOM Academic Catalog and Student Handbook. There is no extra credit or subjective elements to
grading in this course.

Directed Readings and Lectures


Prior to and contemporaneous with four hours of lectures, all students should read the following which are
on the Portal:
Physician Employment Agreement;
Consulting and Non-Competition Agreement;
Endorsed Set of Safe Practices;
Cardiac treatment improves after taking page from Toyota playbook from www.amednews.com

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A LEAN Approach to Quality Management in Medicine www.aamc.org.

Students should either have the first two documents available on their laptops for editing or
printed out for the first class.
In addition, students must read the following pages of the Text pages i - 26; 41 86; 105 190; 205
227(180 pages for those counting). An outline of key areas of the text is provided on the Portal.

Examinations
There will be one 100-question multiple-choice exam based on lecture content, lecture slides and
readings. The rules in the LECOM Academic Catalog and Student Handbook on examinations apply (e.g.,
2.3.8-2.3.10)

Course Rules
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Students are to exhibit professional behavior and demeanor at all times.


Texting or web surfing during the class is strictly forbidden.
Lectures may be recorded but only for use in the course.
Students are encouraged to ask questions if they do not understand anything.
Feel free to see the Course Director at any time or e-mail him with questions.
Answers to e-mail questions may be shared with the class.
Attendance will be taken and is absolutely necessary to do well in this course.
Once a test starts, the Course Director does not speak.

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