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October 24, 2016 11:07 ET

Penn State Collaborates With OPEN MINDS To Help Students Understand Evolving Managed Care Marketplace & Value-Based Reimbursement Strategies

Penn State Harrisburg & Penn State University (Main Campus) Enlist OPEN MINDS Senior Associate, Brandon Danz, MHA, MPA, To Guest Lecture Health Administration Majors

GETTYSBURG, PA--(Marketwired - October 24, 2016) - Recently, OPEN MINDS senior associate, Brandon Danz, was selected to present as a guest speaker during a lecture at Penn State Harrisburg. The class lecture given to students as part of a Health Systems course for health administration majors aimed to increase knowledge and understanding of the growth of managed care and value-based purchasing.

In his lecture presentation, Mr. Danz discussed four key areas of managed care to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the growth and changes occurring in the managed care marketplace. The key areas covered during his lecture included:

  • The growth of managed care over the years
  • The various forms of value-based reimbursement (including episodes of care, capitation, bonuses and penalties, etc.)
  • The reforms happening in Medicare and Medicaid with managed care
  • The intersection of managed care and public health

This guest lecture was for health administration students taking the health systems course offered with Dr. Hengameh Hosseini at Penn State Harrisburg. Dr. Hosseini is Assistant Professor of Healthcare Administration at the School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg. She has a Ph.D. in Health Promotion (receiving the University's Best Ph.D. Student Award), a graduate (Masters) degree with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, and an undergraduate degree majoring in Management. She is also interested in globalization and global aspects of healthcare.

Mr. Danz also does similar guest lectures on health care related topics every semester at West Chester University, Shippensburg University. Starting in the spring semester, Mr. Danz will also be presenting this guest lecture at Pennsylvania State University's main campus.

Brandon Danz, M.H.A, M.PA. has extensive expertise in health care system and health program design, policy, and regulation. Mr. Danz works with OPEN MINDS' clients to assist them in the development and implementation of strategies to respond to the changing health and human service environment. In this work at OPEN MINDS, he provides technical assistance on the impact of policy changes on operational margins, service delivery models, use of technology, and payment methodologies. Before joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Danz worked as a Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. In this role, he was involved with key initiatives in health care reform within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

OPEN MINDS is a national strategic advisory firm specializing in the sectors of the health and human service industry serving individuals with complex support needs: mental health; addiction treatment; children & family services; intellectual & developmental disabilities; chronic disease management; long term care; social services; correctional health care, reentry & diversion; and juvenile justice.

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