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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joan S Leafman, PhD (A. T. Still University)
Description: As the legal environment has changed and continues to change, this sixth edition adds much needed information in the area of health administration law. Specifically addressed in this edition is the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its implications for healthcare law and compliance.
Purpose: The emphasis of this edition is on the evolving issues surrounding the ACA as well as healthcare administrators' fiscal responsibilities and risk management. Also new to this edition is a chapter on historical foundations of health law. These revisions are crucial for healthcare managers. Knowledge of the history of healthcare law as well as the current environment is essential for successful management. This book meets and exceeds its objectives. It is comprehensive, readable, informative, and well presented with interesting and pertinent examples.
Audience: It is written for all individuals involved in healthcare. It is of particular interest to students and healthcare administrators. The author is a JD who has spent his career in health law.
Features: This book covers the landscape of health law, with chapters on taxation, torts, negligence, antitrust, fraud, and reform. Each chapter has a brief, interesting history, examples for application, and actual case studies with results as determined by the courts. What is most compelling about this book is its objectivity in the presentation of facts and the author's ability to present complex concepts in a way that all readers can understand and appreciate. Most unique are the regular insets offered every few pages that clearly summarize the heart of the topic being discussed as well as "the court decides" cases followed by discussion questions. If there is any shortcoming, it involves timing. The ACA, like other healthcare law issues, are ever changing, and tackling these issues in print means some information quickly becomes outdated.
Assessment: This is an excellent book, worthy of permanent shelf space as a healthcare and health law resource and reference. With its updates and additions, the sixth edition adds value to an already valuable book.