Understanding Health Policy, Fifth Edition: A Clinical Approach (Lange Clinical Medicine)

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9780071496063: Understanding Health Policy, Fifth Edition: A Clinical Approach (Lange Clinical Medicine)

An engaging and clinically applicable work on the principles and structure of the U.S. healthcare system

A Doody's Core Title for 2011!

"Eminently readable...Anyone wanting to gain insight into the forces that shaping health policy and the future of health care will appreciate this book."--Critical Care Nurse Magazine

Understanding Health Policy is the best-written, most informative book available on the subject--and it's the #1 choice for healthcare students and professionals alike. The authors carefully weave key principles, descriptions, and concrete examples into chapters that make important health policy issues both interesting and understandable.

Fully updated to reflect current issues in the ever-changing world of healthcare, the newest edition addresses all the topics that affect you most, from the structure and organization of the industry to issues regarding government and private insurance, to access to healthcare.

Everything you need to understand how the healthcare system works - and your role in it:

  • Clinical vignettes in every chapter illustrate key points
  • Detailed treatment of both U.S. and international issues
  • A complete chapter of review questions
  • NEW Expanded coverage of healthcare workers other than physicians
  • NEW Closer scrutiny of the pharmaceutical industry
  • NEW Brand-new chapter on the medical education system

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Praise for previous editions: “Highly readable.” Annals of Internal Medicine “Well documented and highly readable.” National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 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…provides an unobstructed view of the complicated health care system.” Advance/PA 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, who are leading health policy experts as well as practicing physicians, bring to life important policy issues by providing extensive case histories that pinpoint individual encounters within the health care system. Key Features: Extensive vignettes drawn from authors’ practices illustrate impact of policy on care givers and patients “Questions & Discussion Topics” for the classroom or individual study New – Brand new chapter on the “Health Care Work Force” covering physicians, RNs, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, and women and minorities in the health professions New – Updates to discussions of insurance coverage, health care expenditures, and health care organization New – Expanded to cover defined contribution approach to cost control; medical errors; new approaches to quality improvement; and the uncertain future of managed care

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