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From The CriticsReviewer: Bruce J. Fried, PhD (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Public Health)
Description: This book is a companion volume to Making Integrated Health Care Work, it consists of ten case studies of integrated health care in the U.S. Cases were developed from interviews conducted in each system and from secondary data sources. Cases were selected to achieve broad geographic representation and to ensure the inclusion of cases representing all stages of managed care market maturity.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to provide case examples for the accompanying book. Case examples are very well useful in illustrating concepts of integrated health care, and these cases are written in a highly readable format.
Audience: The audience for this book includes integrated health system directors, health plan managers, physicians, and other health professionals. The authors have a strong record of scholarship, teaching, publishing, and consulting in this area.
Features: Although some case studies may be difficult to follow, the layout of these cases is done in an unusually coherent manner. Pertinent data from the health systems are provided, as well as easily understood organizational charts. The authors effectively included the most pertinent information on each case: the book is well edited.
Assessment: To understand integrated health systems, information is required on a broad set of issues related to the external environment, health system history, as well as internal organizational and cultural issues. The cases in this book are well-written and efficiently provide a comprehensive snapshot of each health system and its relevant environment. Most appealing is how well this book fits with its companion volume. Material from this volume is well-referenced in its companion; the two books work very well together making it easy for the reader to move between volumes to obtain both a conceptual and applied understanding of the issues.