Consumer Health: 2 Volume Set


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How will the aging of the Baby Boomers impact our health care system?

How are preexisting conditions handled according to the Affordable Care Act?

Who can I contact to find out more about my Health care options under the Affordable Health Care Act?

Should I be putting money into a Flexible Spending Account to help cover my health care costs?

You will find answers to these questions and more by using Gale's Consumer Health Care. This title provides concise, easy to understand, information on the often complicated and frustrating interactions between consumers, healthcare providers, and insurance companies, just in time to help answer the questions raised by the implementation of the initial provisions of the Affordable Care Act. With coverage of legislation, types of insurance, healthcare related jobs, methods of healthcare delivery and even non-standard medical practices, this title will provide readers with the information they need to be well-informed consumers and their own best healthcare advocate. Though focused on the health care system in the United States, this title also discusses health care systems in other major countries for comparative purposes.

In Consumer Health Care, the entries follow a standardized format that provides information at a glance. The three standard sections include:

• Definition: Outlines the scope of the entry

• Description: Provides the central information of the entry

• Why this is important to the consumer: explains why and how the topic in question relates to an individual's practical healthcare experience

The Consumer Health Care focuses on the U.S. healthcare system and the individual's experience with it. Entries cover topics related to the current state of health insurance, the various kinds (including Government programs like Medicare and Medicaid) and methods of its delivery, as well as the history of insurance and the evolution of our current for-profit system and the Healthcare legislation and reform.

•Standard features/structure of the health/medical titles in the "Gale Encyclopedia Of" books.

•New kind of content, however: entries cover many topics in 12 categories: Government agencies, Government programs, Healthcare delivery, Healthcare funding, Healthcare improvement, Healthcare professions, Insurance, Issues in healthcare, Legislation, Non-governmental healthcare organizations, Non-standard medical practice, Other healthcare systems, Technology and healthcare.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573027229
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 5/16/2014
  • Series: Consumer Health
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1000
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Academic teaching hospital.

Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

Acute care hospital.


Advance directive.

Against medical advice (AMA).

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Aging population and the U.S. health care system.

Allopathic medicine.

Alternative medicine and standard medical practice.

American Public Health Association.

Americans with Disabilities Act provisions.

Anti-vaccine movement and medical conspiracy theories.


Case management.

Case manager.

Catastrophic illness and major medical plans.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Children's Health Insurance Program (Medicaid).


Chronic illness and the U.S. health care system.

Clinical trials, overview.

Clinical trials, phase 4.

COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) insurance.

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

Community Transformation Grants (CTG).

Community-based health care.

Community-based health center.

Community-based hospital.

Concierge medicine.

Consumer assistance programs (CAPs).

Consumer eHealth Program.

Consumer protection.

Consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs).

Cost of health care.

Critical access hospital.

Delivery of health care.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Determinants of health.


Disease management, chronic illness management.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD).

Donut hole.

Drugs during pregnancy, FDA categories.

Dual eligible special needs plans.

Economic globalization and the spread of disease.

Electronic biomedical data and privacy concerns.

Electronic health record (EHR).

Electronic prescribing.

End-of-life care.

Essential health benefits.

Evaluating health and medical information on the Internet.

Explanation of benefits (EOB).

Faith healing and prayer.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

Fee-for-service models of health insurance.

Fee-for-value models of health insurance.

Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and Health Spending Accounts (HSAs).

Food allergies, growth of.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Free-standing medical centers.


Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act.

Health care apps for mobile devices.

Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA).

Health care in assisted living facilities.

Health care in nursing homes.

Health care in residential group homes.

Health care quality report cards.

Health care system in Australia.

Health care system in France.

Health care system in Germany.

Health coach.

Health communication.

Health disparities.

Health impact assessment (HIA).

Health information administrator.

Health information exchange (HIE).

Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

Health insurance exchanges.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Health literacy.

Health Maintenance Organization (HMO).

Health-care administrator.

HealthCare Tourism International.

Herbal medicine.

High-deductible health plans (HDHPs).

History of insurance.

Holistic medicine.

Home health care.


Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS).

Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (Hospital IQR) program.

Hospital systems.

Hospital value-based purchasing (HVBP).

Hospital-acquired conditions.

Immigrant health.

Immunization programs and clinics.

Incentive payments.

Individual mandate.

Informed consent.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

Institute of Medicine (IOM).

Insurance exchange subsidies.

Integrated delivery systems or networks.

Integrative medicine.

Joint Commission.

Joint Commission International.

Leapfrog Group.

Licensed professional counselor.

Long-term acute care (LTAC) facility.

Long-term care insurance.

Magnet hospital.

Managed care organization.


Medicaid Drug Rebate Program.

Medicaid provider payments.

Medicaid/Medicare fraud and abuse.

Medical Loss Ratio (MLR).

Medical malpractice lawsuits and U.S. health care system.

Medical tourism.


Medicare Advantage.

Medicare provider payments.

Medigap insurance (Medicare supplement insurance).


Mental health assessment.

Mental health/behavioral health insurance plans.

Mental health/behavioral health facility.


National Health Insurance Program (Canada).

National Health Service (United Kingdom).

National Health Service Corps.

National Institutes of Health (NIH).

National Library of Medicine (NLM).

National Quality Forum (NQF).


Nurse practitioner.

Nursing home.

Nutritional labeling.



Palliative care.

Patient navigator.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Patient rights.

Patient satisfaction surveys and scores.

Patient-centered care.

Patient-centered medical home (PCMH).

Patients Beyond Borders.

Personal health record (PHR).

Personal trainer.

Pharmaceutical advertising, impact on consumers.



Physician's assistant.

Preferred Provider Organization (PPO).

Premium rate review.

Preventable readmissions.

Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Preventive service coverage.

Primary care physician.

Private hospitals.

Private insurers.



Public education campaigns.


Quality improvement initiatives in health care.

Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs).

Quality measures in health care.

Red Cross.

Rehabilitation hospital.

Rural healthcare outreach programs.

School-based health care.

School-based health center.

Shortage of nurses.

Shortage of primary care physicians.

Skilled nursing facility.

Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).

Social media and health care.

Social worker.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).

Storefront clinic.

Substance abuse and addiction treatment plans.

Substance abuse clinic.

Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC).

Supplemental insurance.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Surgeon General.

Surgical risk assessment.


Traditional Chinese medicine.

Travel insurance plans.

TRICARE program.

U.S. Public Health Service.

Universal bed concept.

Veteran's Integrated Service Network (VISN).

Veterans Administration (VA) system.

Vital records registration systems.

Vulnerable populations and the U.S. health care system.

Walk-in/ambulatory care clinic.

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