ISBN-10:
9812838376
ISBN-13:
9789812838377
Pub. Date:
11/28/2009
Publisher:
World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
The Forensic Case Files: Diagnosing and Treating the Pathologies of the American Health System

The Forensic Case Files: Diagnosing and Treating the Pathologies of the American Health System

by David Barton Smith

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Overview

The Forensic Case Files: Diagnosing and Treating the Pathologies of the American Health System

This book provides unique insights into the current heated healthcare reform debate in the United States and the expanding US$2 trillion industry that is the focus of public concern. The author's extensive experience as an educator, consultant, researcher and author of five well-received books on that system provides a unique resource of largely unreported cases to mine. These vivid case studies weave the history, richness and complexity of the problems faced by patients and service providers into fascinating Byzantine intrigues. They illustrate the under-lying structural problems that have produced disparities in treatment, escalating costs, unsafe and inadequate care, the demoralization of the many decent and committed people who work within the system and passionate calls for reform. Highly readable, the book also offers a candor and richness in detail that is typically lacking in textbooks, academic journal articles and the popular press.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789812838377
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 597,856
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication v

Preface vii

Chapter 1 Introduction: Fixing Healthcare in the United States 1

Chapter 2 Governance: Who's in Charge? 9

Organizing the Owners 9

Case 1 HealthEast and the Misplaced Mission of a Voluntary System 13

Case 2 The AHERF Bankruptcy: Failure of Board Oversight 19

Chapter 3 The Medical Staff: Villains or Victims? 33

Organizing the Medical Staff 33

Case 3 The Mysterious Death of a Mobile Infirmary Medical Staff Member 37

Case 4 South Park Hospital and the Limits of Medical Staff Oversight 44

Chapter 4 Nursing: Where Is It Going and Why Does It Never Get There? 51

Nursing's Stunted Evolution 51

Case 5 Why Did Franklin Go Bankrupt? 53

Case 6 How Should Healthcare Organizations Respond to the Nursing "Shortage" 61

Chapter 5 Financing: How Gold Rules 67

Following the Money 67

Case 7 Len Abramson and U.S. Healthcare Robert Uris 71

Case 8 The Office of Medical Assistance and HealthChoices 86

Chapter 6 The Market: Why It Doesn't Work-Or Does It? 95

Working the Market 95

Case 9 Concierge Medicine 96

Case 10 Barix Clinics: The Case of the Focused Fat Factory 103

Case 11 The Gift of the Heart 112

Chapter 7 Forecasting Trends and Repackaging the Future 125

Repackaging Care 125

Case 12 Globalization, Bansal and the Internet Prescription Bust 127

Case 13 Aging, Klaassen and the Killer Application 133

Chapter 8 Diagnosing and Treating the Pathologies of the U.S. Health System 147

Recurring Themes 147

Case 14 Pottstown Hospital's Conversion Foundation 148

Case 15 State and Federal Healthcare Reform Initiatives: From Rendell to Obama 158

Final Postscript 172

About the Author 175

Bibliography 177

Index 189

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