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As one of the newest offerings in the Jones & Bartlett Essential Public Health series, this introductory-level text is a concise and straightforward look at the seminal issues in U.S. health policy and law. It will help your students understand the broad context of health policy and law, the essential policy and legal issues impacting and flowing out of the health care and public health systems, and the way health policies and laws are formulated.

Looking for more real-life evidence? Check out Cases 2, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, & 19-21 in Essential Case Studies in Public Health, Putting Public Health into Practice.

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Reviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, MSN, BSN(Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences)
Description: This book on the essentials of health policy and law considers the influencing factors that shape healthcare in the U.S. The first edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide tools to help students understand health policy and law and how healthcare delivery is shaped by the U.S. emphasis on healthcare reform, public health, insurance, as well as governmental policies regarding healthcare financing at state and local levels.
Audience: The authors aim this at students who have an interest in health policy. However, the audience can be extended to include those interested in the intersection of policy and law, practicing health professionals, and those working in supporting fields, such as educators in sociology and law.
Features: The book follows the typical course of a textbook, starting with an explanation of the role of policy and law in healthcare and public health. The next section addresses essential issues such as individual versus governmental rights, health insurance and financing, and governmental programs that are shaped by policy and implemented in the public health arena such as public health preparedness. The last section focuses on health policy analysis and includes a very basic explanation of how to write a policy analysis. Each chapter has textboxes that pose questions that reinforce content. The glossary is well done and promotes easy use. This second edition addresses the Affordable Care Act and how it impacts healthcare in an easy-to-understand way. It also compares healthcare systems and discusses public health preparedness and federal rulings that have impacted U.S. healthcare. This edition has a companion website that offers flashcards, crosswords, and other interactive learning tools.
Assessment: There are many books that address health policy and law. This one presents only the essentials, leaving in-depth discussions to other books. The second edition presents the nuances of the healthcare reform movement and Accountable Care Organizations in an understandable manner. The inclusion of the Institute of Medicine reports and the impact on patient safety and health policy make this book better than most policy books. It is a nice acquisition for educators.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449672720
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition

Table of Contents

Prologue     vii
Series Page     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
About the Authors     xvii
Overview of Policy and Law in the United States
Introduction: Understanding the Role of and Conceptualizing Health Policy and Law     3
Introduction     3
The Role of Policy and Law in Health Care and Public Health     3
Conceptualizing Health Policy and Law     5
Conclusion     7
Policy and the Policymaking Process     11
Introduction     11
Defining Policy     11
Public Policymaking Structure and Process     13
The Health Bureaucracy     23
Interest Groups     28
Conclusion     29
Law and the Legal System     31
Introduction     31
The Role of Law     32
The Definition and Sources of Law     32
Key Features of the Legal System     35
Conclusion     41
Essential Issues in Health Policy and Law
Understanding Health Insurance     47
Introduction     47
Health Insurance Coverage     48
A Brief History of the Rise of Health Insurance in the United States     48
How Health Insurance Operates     50
Managed Care     55
Conclusion     61
Health Economics in a Health Policy Context     63
Introduction     63
Health Economics Defined     64
Economic Basics: Demand     67
Economic Basics: Supply     71
Economic Basics: Markets     73
Conclusion     77
Government Health Insurance Programs: Medicaid, SCHIP, and Medicare     79
Introduction     79
Medicaid     80
State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)     92
Medicare     94
Conclusion     99
The Uninsured and Health Reform     103
Introduction     103
Characteristics of the Uninsured     104
The Importance of Health Insurance Coverage to Health Status     106
Ways to Count the Costs of Uninsurance     107
Safety Net Providers     108
The Difficulty of Reform in the United States     109
Unsuccessful Attempts to Pass National Health Insurance Reform     112
State Health Reform     115
Conclusion     116
Individual Rights in Health Care and Public Health      131
Introduction     131
Background     132
Individual Rights and Health Care: A Global Perspective     134
Individual Rights and the Health Care System     134
Individual Rights in a Public Health Context     144
Conclusion     148
Health Care Quality Policy and Law     151
Introduction     151
Medical Errors as a Public Health Concern     152
Promoting Health Care Quality Through the Standard of Care     153
Tort Liability of Hospitals, Insurers, and Managed Care Organizations     156
Federal Preemption of State Liability Laws Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)     159
Conclusion     162
Basic Skills in Health Policy Analysis
The Art of Structuring and Writing a Health Policy Analysis     167
Introduction     167
Policy Analysis Overview     167
Structuring a Policy Analysis     169
Conclusion     178
Index     179
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