Understanding health Policy 4/E (EBOOK) [NOOK Book]

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"This highly readable text gives a broad but detailed picture of how health care is organized and dispensed in the United States. It considers the problems of, and ...

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Overview



"This highly readable text gives a broad but detailed picture of how health care is organized and dispensed in the United States. It considers the problems of, and possible solutions for, cost control, long-term care, quality control, ethical issues, and insurance programs. Clinicians are likely to find the text attractive because of its supportive flowcharts and its frequent use of specific, concrete examples."


Annals of Internal Medicine *






"Well documented and highly readable."


National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Facilities Newsletter *



"One of the more interesting, readable texts in health policy to appear in recent years."


American Journal of Health System Pharmacy *



"The title doesn't do the book justice. It's not only about health care policy and its implications, it's about the health care system, applied to highly clinically relevant situations . . . it provides an unobstructed view of the complicated health care system."


Advance/PA*





"Goes a long way toward helping readers understand how the health care system worked in the past, how it is changing, and how it might work under different scenarios in the future."


Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law *



The leading text in the field, Understanding Health Policy covers fundamental topics such as cost containment, health insurance, managed care, and physician and hospital payment. The authors bring to life important policy issues by providing extensive case histories that pinpoint individual encounters within the health care system.

Features:


* Updated throughout to reflect recent changes in insurance coverage, health care expenditures, and health care organization


* Expanded to include discussion of the defined contribution approach to cost control, medical errors, and new approaches to quality improvement and the uncertain future facing managed care


* Extensive case histories


* Brand new chapter on the Health Care Work Force, including sections on physicians, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, and pharmacists and on women and minorities in the health professions


* Includes "Questions and Discussion Topics" for classroom or individual study



*Of earlier edition

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Editorial Reviews

Annals of Internal Medicine
This highly readable text gives a broad but detailed picture of how health care is organized and dispensed in the United States. It considers the problems of, and possible solutions for, cost control, long-term care, quality control, ethical issues, and insurance programs. Clinicians are likely to find the text attractive because of its supportive flowcharts and its frequent use of specific, concrete examples.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Carole A. Kenner, RNC, DNS, FAAN(University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: This book discusses the interface of health policy with healthcare provision, explaining how the healthcare system operates.
Purpose: The purpose is to explain how the healthcare system functions or fails to function in order to discuss needed changes.
Audience: The intended audience is health professional graduate students, but the book would be useful to any student or practicing health professional who really has not had an in-depth policy course or a review of healthcare delivery issues.
Features: The book logically progresses from a description of healthcare delivery to the issues of payment, access, reimbursement, and organization. Workforce health professions' education is discussed, presenting shortage data. The final chapters focus on costs, quality, health promotion/disease prevention, ethical issues, and four cases of national healthcare in Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada. Final sections present the core issues facing the new federal administration: national health insurance, conflict or resistance to change, and challenges. Discussion questions that can be used for classroom or group discussions are the finale. Case studies bring the content to life, helping readers relate to personal experiences. The book would have been strengthened by tying into the Institute of Medicine's competencies for healthcare as well as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the quality movement.
Assessment: Of the many health policy books, this is the only one that is succinct and clinicallyoriented.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071815062
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 388
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Thomas S. Bodenheimer, MD, MPH, University of California, San Francisco



Kevin Grumbach, MD, University of California, San Francisco
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: The Changing U.S. Health Care System 1
2 Paying for Health Care 5
3 Access to Health Care 15
4 Reimbursing Health Care Providers 33
5 Capitation Payment in Managed Care 44
6 How Health Care Is Organized - I 53
7 How Health Care Is Organized - II 67
8 Painful Versus Painless Cost Control 78
9 Mechanisms for Controlling Costs 89
10 Long-Term Care 104
11 The Prevention of Illness 113
12 The Quality of Health Care 127
13 Medical Ethics & the Rationing of Health Care 144
14 Health Care in Four Nations 160
15 National Health Insurance 176
16 Conflict & Change in U.S. Health Care 185
17 The Health Care Workforce 195
18 Conclusion: Tensions & Challenges 206
19 Questions & Discussion Topics 209
Index 217
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