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Lawton R. Burns

James Joo-Jin Kim Professor of Health Care Management

Research Interests: formal organizations, health care management, hospital-physician relationships, integrated health care, physician networks, physician practice management firms, strategic change, supply chain management

Links: CV, Personal Website


  • HCMG841 - Health Services System

    This course provides an overview of the evolution, structure and current issues in the health care system. It examines the unique features of health care as a product, and the changing relationships between patients, physicians, hospitals, insurers, employers, communities, and government. The course examines three broad segments of the health care industry: payors, providers and suppliers. Within the payor segment, the course examines the sources and destinations of spending, managed care (HMOs, PPOs),employer based health insurance, technology assessment, payor strategy, and efforts to pay for the elderly, the poor & the medically indigent. Within the provider segment, the course examines the impact of cost containment and competition on hospitals and integrated delivery systems, long term care and disease management, and the important role of epedemiology in assessing population health needs and risks. Within the supplier segment, the course will examine developments in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical devices, genomics and IT industries. NOTE: This is a required course for Wharton Graduate Health Care Management majors; it counts as an elective course for all other Wharton Graduate students. It is also open to Law School and Nursing School students with a joint Wharton Program.

  • HCMG890 - Advanced Study Project Seminar

    There are two ASP Seminars: HCMG 890-001 Management of Health Care Service Businesses; HCMG 890-003 Health Business and Policy

    HCMG 890-001: This course examines issues related to the Services Sector of thehealth care industry. For those interested in management, investing, or bankingto the health care industry, the services sector will likely be the largest and most dynamic sector within all of health care. We will study key management issues related to a number of different health care services businesses with a focus on common challenges related to reimbursement, regulatory, margin, growth, and competitive issues. We will look at a number of different businesses and subsectors that may have been unfamiliar to students prior to taking the course. We will make extensive use of outside speakers, many of whom will be true industry leaders within different sectors of the health care services industry. Speakers will address the current management issues they face in running their businesses as well as discuss the career decisions and leadership styles that enables them to reach the top of their profession. Students will be asked to develop a plan to both buyout and manage a specific health care services business of their choosing and will present their final plans to a panel of leading Health Care Private Equity investors who will evaluate their analysis. Prerequisites: HCMG 841

    HCMG 890-003: This course will discuss how healthcare businesses(life sciences, health plans, and providers) and businesses providing health benefits are affected by government policies. Such actions include changes in the government's role as a payer, rules about insurance coverage for workers and dependents, and regulations dealing with workplace health and product safety. They also include regulations, subsidies, taxes, and public payments for health care goods and services supplied by organizations including for profit corporations, professional firms, and nonprofit entities. Finally they include organizations created by businesses and others to affect (lobby) government actions concerning health, health care, or health spending. Rather than ask the usual policy question about what business behaviors and reactions mean to the government's health policy, the course will ask what government health policy means to business. Methods of health policy analysis (which explores the equity and efficiency consequences of alternative policies) will be used, along with positive (descriptive) models of political economy (median voter, interest groups) and the public budget. Evaluation will involve written policy analyses, mock testimony, and policy critiques.

  • HCMG899 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

    Arranged with members of the Faculty of the Health Care Systems Department. For further information contact the Department office, Room 204, Colonial Penn Center, 3641 Locust Walk, 898-6861.