University of Pittsburgh
Term: Fall Term 2013-14 (2141)
Catalog Number: 5537
Class Number: 28262
Room: LAW G46.
Class Schedule:
  • W 5:30 PM -8:20 PM
  • Instructor: William McKendree
    Type: Practicum
    Credits: 2.0 Credits (1.0 classroom contact, 1.0 field)
    Catalog Requirements: Professional Skills.
    Enrollment Limit: 20.
    Priority: Limited Enrollment - 3rd Year Priority

    Course Description from Course Catalog 5537

    Additional Info

    Students may enroll in this course for either the fall semester, or the fall and spring semesters (but not the spring semester alone). Registration for both semesters is preferred, and preference in enrollment will be given to students who enroll in both semesters. The fall semester focuses on introducing the students to the concepts, structure, function, and vocabulary of the Medicare and Medicaid systems and emphasizes the development of client counseling skills. By the end of the fall semester, the students will be prepared and should be confident to tackle the more complex and difficult cases that they will receive during the spring semester.


    Attendance and Participation in client counseling = 50% of grade

    Since this is a practicum course, a significant portion of the grade is dependent upon being present for the scheduled rotation sessions and the student’s actual participation in the counseling process.  Elements for evaluation: did student fulfill require attendance hours; did student accept and complete all counseling assignments; did student follow the client counseling protocol for each counseling session; did student correctly and completely maintain a client file for each counseling assignment, or properly up-date existing client files.

    Final Paper = 50% of grade

    The final paper will pose two fact scenarios: an individual newly enrolling in the Medicare System, and an individual already enrolled in Medicare that is trying to navigate through a specific coverage situation. Based on the details presented in each fact scenario, the students will describe how they approach counseling each individual and the recommendations they would make to resolve the client’s situation. Open Book – students may use any notes, printed material or internet web material to answer questions.

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