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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Margaret M. Murphy, RN, PhD (Empowering Change)
Description: This book provides a detailed description of the history and current trends in healthcare policy as they affect the development of managed healthcare in the United States. In addition, the operational, financial, legal, and regulatory issues affecting managed care systems and organizations are addressed. Potential sources of problems and specific solutions that could be used to abate the problems and enhance the functions and outcomes of managed healthcare are emphasized.
Purpose: This book is appropriately designed as a text for postgraduate study.
Audience: It would be useful for students of healthcare administration, organizational design, and finance. However, it would also be of benefit to healthcare professionals who are likely to be employed by or working with managed healthcare organizations or systems.
Features: This second edition makes extensive use of current experience, data, and resources. The tables and exhibits are reflective of the latest information available on national and selected state/regional levels. The references and suggested additional readings are of recent vintage and enhance the expert resources available to the reader. The design is an educational one, with learning objectives heading each chapter, followed by study questions and references at the end of the chapter. This format assists the reader to focus on the essential content contained in each chapter. In addition, the glossary provided assists the reader with technical terms and the myriad of acronyms used throughout the text.
Assessment: This book is well designed and developed in an organized and logical manner. It is well worth consideration as a text for graduate study. Moreover, it would serve as an excellent basic reference text for healthcare professionals working in today's changing healthcare environment.