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With over 100,000 copies sold, it is clear that instructors and students turn to George Pozgar time and again to make the legal aspects of health care administration meaningful and memorable. Now in its ninth edition, this classic text has been revised and updated with the most current information on law and the health care industry. Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration, Ninth Edition provides readers with a solid foundation in health care law, and an overview of practical ways to improve the quality and safe delivery of health care. It presents a wide range of health care topics in a comprehensible and engaging manner that carefully guides students through the complex maze of the legal system as it impacts health care organizations. Actual court cases are presented throughout the book to bring the legal information to life and to help readers apply the information to their daily professional lives.

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Reviewer: Mildred L. Johnson, J.D.(Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This book provides a general overview of the unique and myriad legal issues that impact the delivery of healthcare in the U.S. In this edition, the author has revised the chapter on healthcare ethics and added new features to stimulate thought and debate.
Purpose: This book is intended to provide a strong foundation of healthcare law to assist the reader in developing an understanding of legal issues facing the healthcare industry.
Audience: The book's audience encompasses a wide range of individuals, from the student of healthcare adminstration to the practicing healthcare provider.
Features: The book is well organized and covers a broad range of legal issues in the healthcare industry, from Antikickback to Wrongful birth. The author goes beyond the task of laying a basic foundation of healthcare legal issues by including actual court case summaries which help clarify and describe the principles of healthcare law. The addition of the chapter reviews and questions not only benefits students who may use this as a textbook, but also serves as a tool for the experienced healthcare professional to apply these principles in everyday practice.
Assessment: This would serve as a valuable resource for anyone working or planning to work in the healthcare industry. It can easily be used in both the academic and business setting. This edition provides updated and revised information consistent with the frequently changing legal environment in the healthcare industry.
Thomas Christoffel
This is the fifth edition of a review of the leading legal issues relevant to health care delivery and health care administration. The authors' stated purpose is to arm the health care professional with a working knowledge of health law. This is a worthy objective in principle; however, it is a quite difficult objective to achieve, for without some general understanding of law and the operation of the legal system to provide context, isolated legal information can be as confusing as helpful. The authors overcome this difficulty only to a quite limited extent. More to the point, however, is the question of how the reader is to use this book (i.e., read it cover to cover, consult it as a reference, etc.). The answer is not at all clear, which may simply be a result of the difficulty of the objective. This is not the type of book that requires, or has, illustrations. The references are not useful. The table of contents and the index are satisfactory, but the organization of the book itself is sometimes confusing (e.g., the leading refusal-of-treatment case is discussed under defining death rather than under refusal of treatment). The overall appearance of the book is satisfactory. This book would have been significantly improved if the authors had devoted more attention to (1) determining what their audience needed to understand and (2) how to provide that understanding. Instead, the book comes closer to being a simple cataloging (or, at best, a pedestrian review) of miscellaneous health law topics. It lacks the discrimination and guidance for the reader that could have made it more useful.
Mark C. Mantooth
Written primarily as a textbook for healthcare management programs, this work attempts to address all major areas of health law within 21 chapters. Since the last edition in 1993, this sixth edition includes two new chapters and some minor changes in the other chapters. The book seeks to provide the reader with the necessary background on a wide range of current healthcare topics, enabling professionals to deal with common legal and practical problems facing the healthcare industry. The book also attempts to serve as a textbook for use in healthcare management curricula. The latter of these objectives remains the more worthy, because suitable textbooks in this field are truly hard to come by. According to the author, this book was written as a course text for healthcare management students and as a reference for healthcare professionals. Practically speaking, though, it would function effectively only as a teaching aid and perhaps textbook for students. With the author having a primarily business background, the text proves deficient in presenting many legal principles. Since the fifth edition, the author has added more than 150 pages to this nonillustrated textbook. Still included are a helpful glossary of legal terms written in plain English, outlines at the beginning of each chapter, an index of cited cases, and a word index. The material is presented in an attractive, clearly segmented manner. Though a marked improvement since the last edition, this edition still fails to present adequately the legal issues of most concern to today's health care administrators. The text virtually ignores private inurement, the corporate practice of medicine, and information systems issues,and ineptly discusses antitrust, fraud and abuse, and self-referral laws.
This is the new edition of an enduring reference intended for health care professionals, providing explanations, definitions, and case examples on the major issues in health care law. It includes chapters on criminal aspects, contracts and antitrust, corporate liability, medical staff, nursing, patient consent, end of life issues, malpractice insurance, labor relations, managed care and organizational restructuring, and the issues surrounding AIDS, among other topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834219113
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: Eight Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 487
  • Product dimensions: 8.37 (w) x 10.76 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Historical Perspective 1
Ch. 2 Introduction to Law 13
Ch. 3 Tort Law 31
Ch. 4 Criminal Aspects of Health Care 63
Ch. 5 Contracts and Antitrust 85
Ch. 6 Civil Procedure and Trial Practice 107
Ch. 7 Corporate Liability 143
Ch. 8 Medical Staff 167
Ch. 9 Nursing and the Law 209
Ch. 10 Liability by Departments and Health Care Professionals 247
Ch. 11 Information Management and Health Care Records 287
Ch. 12 Patient Consent 313
Ch. 13 Legal Reporting Requirements 335
Ch. 14 Issues of Procreation 345
Ch. 15 Patient Rights and Responsibilities 365
Ch. 16 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome 375
Ch. 17 Health Care Ethics 387
Ch. 18 Malpractice Insurance 423
Ch. 19 Labor Relations 433
Ch. 20 Employment, Discipline, and Discharge 449
Ch. 21 Managed Care and Organizational Restructuring 465
Ch. 22 Tort Reform and Reducing the Risk of Malpractice 485
Ch. 23 Patient Safety and Zero Tolerance 497
Ch. 24 Worldwide Search 515
Ch. 25 Journey to Excellence 521
Glossary 527
Index 535
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