While it’s probably true that no one individual is an expert on the entire Affordable Health Care Act (ACA), several members of the Health Care Management faculty at Clayton State University have expertise on various aspects of ACA.
Assistant Professor of Health Care Management Dr. Ronald Fuqua, who holds B.B.A., M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia State (as well as an A.A. from Clayton State), has areas of expertise in human resources and the economics of health care.
Professor Dr. Thomas F. McIlwain, director of the Clayton State Master of Health Administration program, can speak on, “why we need reform to improve access, quality, and cost in the health care system, and what ACA is trying to accomplish.” He can also speak to the ideologies’ perspectives on the law.
A third Health Care Management faculty member, Professor of Health Care Management Dr. Kendolyn Smith, is a consultant pharmacist advocating for medication safety, medication compliance, public health literacy and overall medication management services who did undergraduate work in Microbiology, graduate work in Public Health and holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Smith, who teaches Ethics and Communications at Clayton State and is a public health pharmacist, is knowledgeable on ACA topics that are important in those areas.
Smith can speak on how the law impacts healthcare professionals’ assessment of patient care (good, bad or indifferent due to the law) and their ability to communicate with patients to ensure understanding. She is also familiar with how the law impacts under served communities and uninsured populations – both the advantages and challenges. In addition, she can provide information on bundled payments and how they impact healthcare facilities and providers, and on the Health Information Exchanges.