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IHS 349 Managed Health Care (3 credits)

It can be argued that no other industrialized nation could have developed the concept of managed care. America alone with its tradition of employment-based health care coverage and an aversion to universal, socialized medicine evolved the managed care model. This course explores how managed care came about, what were the early forms it took, how national politics played a significant role in shaping today’s managed care companies, the variations that developed during the 1980s, and what it means for health care providers, health care organizations, and consumers in the 21st century. Students will go inside the managed care industry and study how it works, how it contracts for services, and why it has been so successful.