healthcareadvocacy 

Healthcare Advocacy Certificate Course©

This comprehensive eight-week online Certificate course examines the many critical roles played by healthcare advocates on behalf of consumers, their families and their communities. As health policy advocates, graduates may work as patient representatives, educators, intermediaries and/or healthcare advisers in legislative and organizational areas, and advocate for patients and consumers from positions in private or public agencies, disease-specific associations or national health policy organizations. This course is written and administered by Scott Hatch, J.D. and Gary Sands, M.D.

Tuition: $1,195
Required Course Text: Patient Advocacy for Health Care Quality: Strategies for Achieving Patient-Centered Care (by Jo Ann L. Earp et al.)
Length: 8 weeks, online

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Spring/Summer/Fall
Online Sessions:

  Start End
January 6, 2014
February 3, 2014
March 17, 2014
May 18, 2014
May 26, 2014
July 27, 2014
August 4, 2014
October 5, 2014
October 13, 2014
December 14, 2014

 

Learning Objectives
Course Hours: 100 - 8 weeks
Course Creators: Scott A. Hatch, JD, and Lisa Zimmer Hatch, MA
Required Textbook: Patient Advocacy for Health Care Quality, by JoAnne L. Earp, Elizabeth A. French and Melissa B. Gilkey

As educators and health information specialists, health care advocates work to empower others.  You will be trained to work collaboratively with health care providers to mediate conflict and facilitate positive change.  As health policy advocates, graduates may work as patient representatives, educators, ombudsmen, and/or health care advisers in legislative and organizational areas and advocate for patients and consumers from positions in government agencies, disease-specific voluntary associations, or national health policy organizations. In addition, this course assists patients and families to navigate the health care system and to ensure that their health needs are met and their medical charges are billed fairly. Students complete the course over eight weeks, and successful grads will be awarded a Certificate upon the successful completion of eight weekly assignments and projects (comprising 60% of the final grade) and eight tests (comprising 40% of the final grade).

Week One:  Historical Survey of Health Care System
After completing the assignments and test for week one, students will have learned the following:

  • Milestones in healthcare in the United States over the last century
  • The major problems in healthcare and health insurance
Week Two:  Ethics of Informed Consent, Capacity and Communication Issues, and Confidentiality
After completing the assignments and test for week two, students will have learned the following:
  • The definition and elements of informed consent
  • HIPAA requirements and waivers
  • The requirements of the Patient Self-Determination Act
Weeks Three and Four:  National Changes in Health Care Law: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010
After completing the assignments and tests for weeks three and four, students will have learned the following:
  • The promotion electronic health records
  • Health insurance exchange
  • Expansion and reform of Medicaid
  • Employer incentives and penalties
  • Advocacy issues related to the acts
Week Five:  Medical Billing Advocacy Techniques and Analysis of Billing and Coding
After completing the assignments and test for week five, students will have learned the following:
  • Who needs medical billing advocacy and common medical billing errors
  • Medical billing advocacy techniques, including making appeals
  • Common medical billing codes
  • How to read an Explanation of Benefits
Week Six:  Advocacy for Self-Insured Companies on Premium Reduction: Incorrect Charges and Improper Adjudication of Claims
After completing the assignments and test for week six, students will have learned the following:
  • Dealing with advocacy issued related to self-insured companies
  • Dealing with HMOs and PPOs on issues of rationed care, capitation agreements, and primary care providers
Week Seven:  Establishing and Marketing a Health Care Advocacy Business
After completing the assignments and test for week seven, students will have learned the following:
  • Choosing a business entity and figuring start up costs
  • Marketing your services to physicians, patient organizations, HMOs, and others
  • Managing your business, including setting fees and drawing up legal agreements
Week Eight:  The Advocacy Process and Advocacy Situations
After completing the assignments and test for week eight, students will have learned the following:
  • Advocacy qualities, including empathy, effective oral communication, and negotiation
  • How to analyze patient advocate scenarios
  • Applying advocacy techniques to hypothetical situations

Funding Course:
Sallie Mae Career Training LoanSM

The Career Training LoanSM has been designed specifically to help you finance your education or training and offers hundreds of dollars in savings over other financing options. It can be used for distance learning or other continuing education programs to cover the total cost of education and related expenses, and loan applications can often be completed within minutes. www.salliemae.com/tamiucontedu
No refunds to Sallie Mae Loans after the start of class.

For questions on payments or payment plan option contact Hatch Education at 1-877-428-2407
or at info@hatchedu.com

 

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