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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book presents a basic understanding of the U.S. healthcare system, health laws, health care, the pharmaceutical industry, and healthcare challenges, with a strong ethical underpinning.
Purpose: This book is intended to bridge research and practice, and reflect new, real-world knowledge of the healthcare industry and government agencies. In addition, it is designed to engage students who will be the future of healthcare organizations, by challenging them as critical thinkers and providing the necessary knowledge to make difficult but necessary decisions.
Audience: The authors direct this book at undergraduate students seeking the basic management skills required for working in healthcare organizations, but it also will be useful for graduate students across various disciplines and current practitioners in medicine and the law.
Features: The 39 chapters are organized into 13 parts that provide an overview of specific health laws and discuss topics such as access to healthcare, affordable healthcare, producers of medical products, improving the quality of healthcare, and the healthcare system's response to new technologies. There are supplements available such as a student study guide, as well as instructor resources including PowerPoints, syllabus templates, and a test bank. The book is strongly grounded in real-world applications as evidenced by the inclusion of court cases, law notes, law facts, and moral dilemmas. The material is timely, fact-based, and enlightening.
Assessment: This is one of the most thorough and engaging textbooks on healthcare and the law, and it is a terrific teaching tool and reference.