Health Care USA / Edition 7

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Health Care USA: Understanding Its Organization and Delivery, Second Edition reflects recent major legislative changes that have occurred in Medicare, Medicaid and public health. The growing concern about mental health services will be covered by taking a close look at emerging behavioral health managed care organizations. The new edition will also reflect the increased penetration of managed care across the country and its effect on not only the health care industry, but also on consumers. Current benchmarks in all areas of health care will be thoroughly updated. Also, an Instructor's Manual is available to support this book.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
Description: This introduction to healthcare organization and delivery in the U.S. takes a public health/population focus. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an introduction to the U.S. healthcare delivery system and the external forces, such as sociopolitical, that shape it.
Audience: The intended audience is health professions and health administrator students, but it also would be appropriate for policy students.
Features: The book moves from the typical overview of healthcare delivery in the U.S. to external forces that have shaped it, such as the Great Depression, the managed care movement, and the Health Care Reform Act of 2010. The next few sections outline the origins of the hospital system, medical education, other health professions and their role in healthcare, the financing of healthcare, and differences in acute care versus community-based long-term, mental health, and public health care. The final sections are devoted to research in patient safety and quality as well as conjecture about where healthcare will be in the future. The book offers a snapshot of the changes in this edition upfront, section by section, making it easy for readers of previous editions to pinpoint the new material. The authors are also clear that they are not discussing each discipline's unique contribution. However, a lot of emphasis is placed on medical education and academic health centers.
Assessment: There are many books on the market that address U.S. healthcare from a public health perspective. This one is easy to follow and outlines the key features students need to understand. It does not discuss the impact of stimulus money and the need to close the gap between clinical translational research and bench research, two aspects that are clearly driving healthcare today. Yet, despite these shortcomings this is a good foundational text for health professions and policy students.
James D. Bramble
This is a general text on the organization and delivery of healthcare services. This second edition is updated with significant developments. The purpose is to provide a broad and general overview of the healthcare system. This book is intended for use as text for introductory courses on the organization and delivery of healthcare services. Thus it is primarily intended for students pursuing education as clinicians, administrators, policy makers, or other allied health professions within the healthcare system. The chapters are self-explanatory and can stand alone; however, when combined with the other chapters, they build a comprehensive picture of the U.S. healthcare system. The authors provide a brief discussion of the development and current status of our healthcare system, present the specific healthcare players and policies, and end with a chapter concerning the future of the healthcare system. Specific subjects include the different organizational structures, healthcare personnel, and policies that are integral in the delivery of healthcare services. An appendix of acronyms will be very useful to the reader. This book covers the essential topics for understanding the U.S. healthcare system. Though admittedly lacking in detail, the breadth of the text provides the beginning student with an understanding of the more vital components of our delivery system. An easily read text allows one to begin to understand an ever-increasingly complex healthcare system. However, because of the book's intent, many important topics only receive minimal attention that serves to detract from the text's comprehensiveness.
This text for introductory courses on the organization of health at schools and colleges that prepare health professionals is designed to provide the reader with an understanding of the total health care system. Writing from a population perspective, the authors cover such topics as hospital reengineering, ambulatory and long-term care, medical education, health care personnel, finance and managed care, and mental health service. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Describes the changing roles and functions of health care in the US, and looks at the technical, economic, political, and social forces responsible for those changes. This edition integrates recent trends in health care costs, and discusses the effect of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, managed care industry consolidation, and changing professional prerogatives of physicians. There is expanded information on nursing and allied health functions. For students of health care and related professions. Sultz is affiliated with the State University of New York-Buffalo. Young teaches social and preventive medicine at the same institution. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763784584
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 7/8/2010
  • Edition description: 7E
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 153,023
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Overview of Health Care: A Population Perspective 1
Ch. 2 Benchmark Developments in U.S. Health Care 31
Ch. 3 Hospitals: Origin, Organization, and Performance 60
Ch. 4 Ambulatory Care 110
Ch. 5 Medical Education and the Changing Practice of Medicine 137
Ch. 6 Health Care Personnel 169
Ch. 7 Financing Health Care 207
Ch. 8 Managed Care 257
Ch. 9 Long-Term Care 279
Ch. 10 Mental Health Services 316
Ch. 11 Public Health and the Role of Government in Health Care 348
Ch. 12 Research: How Health Care Advances 376
Ch. 13 The Future of Health Care 398
App. A - Abbreviations and Acronyms 428
App. B - Web Sites 439
Index 442
About the Authors 461
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