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Overview

Essentials of Health Policy and Law provides students of public health with a firm foundation of the basics of American health policy and law.

Given the prominent role played by policy and law in the health of all Americans, the aim of this book is to help readers 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. Think of this textbook as an extended manual—introductory, concise, and straightforward—to the seminal issues in U.S. health policy and law, and thus as a jumping off point for discussion, reflection, research, and analysis.

Features:

Chapters are structured to allow for the teaching of policy and law in tandem or separately.
Includes a chapter on analytic skills for public health students, including how to write a policy analysis.
Each chapter includes discussion questions to engage student reflection.
May be paired with Essential Readings in Health Policy and Law —a compilation of carefully selected readings meant to allow for deeper analysis of issues covered in this textbook.
A complete package of instructor resources.

Check out the companion text, Essential Readings in Health Policy and Law. This compilation of carefully selected readings is meant to allow for deeper analysis of issues covered in Essentials of Health Policy and Law.

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Reviewer:Carole Ann Kenner, DNS, RNC-NIC, FAAN(University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description:A quick overview of policy and law begins this book, followed by discussions of hot topics in health and law that are influencing policy, and ending with a demonstration of policy analysis.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide the broad context of American health policy and the law while acknowledging the influencing factors impacting policy. The overarching aims are to engage readers or students in policy discussions, research, and analysis.
Audience:This book is appropriate for students across disciplines, practitioners, and anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of policy and law issues related to health policy. Although the authors target interdisciplinary students, the audience is broader.
Features:Topics covered range from a description of policy, to policy and the law and the policy making process and its relationship to the legal system. The second part of the book discusses influencing factors such as economics, government, increasing problems of underinsured and uninsured people, individual rights and the impact on public health, and ending with an overview of quality care. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) core competencies are addressed in terms of patient safety, quality improvement, and the impact on medical errors. The final section that leads students through the process of policy analysis is exceptionally well done.
Assessment:This book is well written and easy to read and use to understand a difficult subject. Boxed discussion questions throughout help guide students tosynthesize important points. The final chapter takes novices through the steps of how to write a policy analysis, thereby teaching the art of analyzing policy, a very effective teaching/learning strategy. There are many books that discuss policy and law, but most address, for example, ethics and policy or a specialty law area such as reproduction or mental health and policy. This book is a broad brush of health policy and laws that impact policy creation or implementation. It is part of a series on Essential Public Health that offers more in-depth discussions in a particular area, such as global health.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449604738
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 4/6/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 294

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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