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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Craig A. Pedersen, PhD (Creighton University)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a comprehensive textbook targeted at students of healthcare management and executives in the industry. It weaves the disciplines of accounting, finance, and economics into a treatise that guides decision makers in the changing healthcare marketplace.
Purpose: The purpose of this text has remained the same since the first edition was published in 1978. It is designed to provide a relevant and readable text for healthcare management students and executives. The author addresses a critical need in the area of healthcare finance.
Audience: This text is written for healthcare management students and executives. Practitioners would also benefit from this book by further understanding the dynamic forces facing executives in the healthcare industry. The author is a credible authority in the area.
Features: The quality and pertinence of illustrations is excellent. Most useful are the detailed examples provided in each chapter. At the end of each chapter, assignments and solutions are provided that supplement learning. A welcome feature is a complete and useful index. Perhaps the only disappointment is the lack of references.
Assessment: This text should be included in the curriculum of all healthcare administration and management students. It assumes basic knowledge of accounting, finance, and economics. Critical concepts are presented in an easy-to-understand manner. No university with programs in the health professions, public health, or health administration should be without this text in its library. Additionally, this book should be in the library of all health care organizations (providers, institutions, and payers) serious about efficient financial management. Clinicians would also benefit from the comprehensive nature of the text. Suggestions from university faculty who adopted the third edition were used to improve this edition. It is worth replacing the previous edition on your bookshelf.