Delivering Health Care In America / Edition 4

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Overview

In a clear, cohesive format, Delivering Health Care in America provides a comprehensive overview of the basic structures and operations of the US health system—from its historical origins and resources, to its individual services, cost, and quality. Using a unique “systems” approach, it brings together an extraordinary breadth of information into a highly accessible, easy-to-read text that clarifies the complexities of health care organization and finance, while presenting a solid overview of how the various components fit together.

The fourth edition has been thoroughly updated with the latest information on:

The global threat of avian influenza Health policy agenda of the Bush administration Progress towards Healthy People 2010 goals The effects of corporatization, information revolution, and globalization on health care delivery.
The role of hospitals in the U.S. healthcare system The continuing nursing shortage Prospective payment initiatives for inpatient psychiatric facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities Pay-for-performance initiatives Trends in home health care services The role of long-term care hospitals and reimbursement for their services Disease management as a strategy to manage utilization The role of inpatient rehabilitation facilities Updated information on health services for special populations State strategies to provide universal coverage State Children’s Health Insurance Plan reauthorization issues The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief High-deductible health plans Insurance restructuring in Massachusetts Challenges in long-term care The era of evidence-based medicine Mandates of recent legislation such as the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 and the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005

New Fifth Edition Now Available

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Patricia Kelly, EdD, PA-C(Nova Southeastern University)
Description: This extraordinarily comprehensive book describes and analyzes the U.S. healthcare system from a health policy perspective. It is both wide in scope and detailed in its analysis of specific problems and constraints encountered by the system. A very important section describes the probable future of the healthcare system given current trends.
Purpose: This book engages in a descriptive analysis of the institution of U.S. healthcare using a systems framework. Including historical antecedents, it provides an entirely comprehensible yet thorough overview of health systems and health policy in this country. The authors seek to meet the needs of both graduate and undergraduate health policy students. In updating this work, the authors continue to provide one of the "gold standard" academic health policy texts.
Audience: The book is written for upper level undergraduate and graduate students of health policy and health systems. Because it addresses a relatively diverse audience, the authors attempt to provide a reader-friendly resource while including sufficient reference materials to encourage further scholarship. This is an excellent reference work for health policy students and also provides a "stepping off" platform to enable students to gain a sufficient fund of knowledge to understand and use primary works in the field. The authors are widely known and at the forefront of health systems analysis.
Features: The scope of the book is enormous; it is literally a well organized encyclopedia of information concerning U.S. healthcare delivery. Each chapter starts with basic learning objectives and ends with terminology and review questions, which initially makes it seem simplistic. However, the intricacy of the explanations and illustrations and depth of the reference materials included at the end of each chapter make this book usable at a number of different levels. The glossary and index are complete and useful.
Assessment: This would be an excellent book for entry level graduate students in health systems analysis and health policy, health law, and public administration. It provides students with an adequate fund of knowledge, enabling them to conduct subsequent and more in-depth research and analysis using primary source material. Appropriate primary source materials are clearly identified. Given the explosion of knowledge in American medicine and increasing controversy involving healthcare funding and policy in this country, a new edition is necessary and welcomed.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Patricia Kelly, EdD, PA-C(Nova Southeastern University)
Description: This extraordinarily comprehensive book describes and analyzes the U.S. healthcare system from a health policy perspective. It is both wide in scope and detailed in its analysis of specific problems and constraints encountered by the system. A very important section describes the probable future of the healthcare system given current trends.
Purpose: This book engages in a descriptive analysis of the institution of U.S. healthcare using a systems framework. Including historical antecedents, it provides an entirely comprehensible yet thorough overview of health systems and health policy in this country. The authors seek to meet the needs of both graduate and undergraduate health policy students. In updating this work, the authors continue to provide one of the "gold standard" academic health policy texts.
Audience: The book is written for upper level undergraduate and graduate students of health policy and health systems. Because it addresses a relatively diverse audience, the authors attempt to provide a reader-friendly resource while including sufficient reference materials to encourage further scholarship. This is an excellent reference work for health policy students and also provides a "stepping off" platform to enable students to gain a sufficient fund of knowledge to understand and use primary works in the field. The authors are widely known and at the forefront of health systems analysis.
Features: The scope of the book is enormous; it is literally a well organized encyclopedia of information concerning U.S. healthcare delivery. Each chapter starts with basic learning objectives and ends with terminology and review questions, which initially makes it seem simplistic. However, the intricacy of the explanations and illustrations and depth of the reference materials included at the end of each chapter make this book usable at a number of different levels. The glossary and index are complete and useful.
Assessment: This would be an excellent book for entry level graduate students in health systems analysis and health policy, health law, and public administration. It provides students with an adequate fund of knowledge, enabling them to conduct subsequent and more in-depth research and analysis using primary source material. Appropriate primary source materials are clearly identified. Given the explosion of knowledge in American medicine and increasing controversy involving healthcare funding and policy in this country, a new edition is necessary and welcomed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763745127
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 9/5/2007
  • Edition description: 4E
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 650
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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