Wiley Pathways Introduction to U.S. Health Care

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Wiley, Nov 10, 2006 - Medical - 372 pages
You can get there

Where do you want to go? You might already be working in a health care or business setting. You may be looking to expand your skills. Or, you might be setting out on a new career path.

Wherever you want to go, Introduction to U.S. Health Care will help you get there. Easy-to-read, practical, and up-to-date, this text not only helps you learn fundamental concepts of the American health care system; it also helps you master the core competencies and skills you need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. The book's brief, modular format and variety of built-in learning resources enable you to learn at your own pace and focus your studies.

With this book, you will be able to:
* Understand the role of governing boards and the challenges they face.
* Compare and contrast the primary-care and specialty-care models.
* Explore recent health care reforms that affect the primary-care model.
* Examine how we pay for health care.
* Learn about the many different roles played by the health care workforce.
* Discover how medical miracles are financed.
* Trace the evolution of hospitals throughout the nation's history and through their current state.
* Assess the reasons behind the growing reliance on ambulatory care.
* Understand who needs long-term care, why, and what the choices are.
* Explore the challenges of providing health services for society's most vulnerable groups.
* Identify obstacles in caring for the uninsured.
* Examine the types of managed care organizations, such as HMOs, PPOs, and POS plans.
* Explore current and future challenges for the health care industry.
* Understand the impact of new and emerging laws, regulations, and initiatives.

Wiley Pathways helps you achieve your goals

When it comes to learning about health care, not everyone is on the same path. But everyone wants to succeed. The new Wiley Pathways series in Health Care Management helps you achieve your goals with its brief, inviting format, clear language, and focus on core competencies and skills.

The books in this series--Introduction to U.S. Health Care, Health Care Economics, Health Care Management, and Health Care Law and Ethics--offer a coordinated curriculum for learning health care management. Learn more at www.wiley.com/go/pathways.

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Foundations l
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SelfCheck
23
Boards and Governance
30
Copyright

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Dennis D. Pointer has worked with more than four hundred clients as a consultant, retreat facilitator, and speaker. His firm, Dennis D. Pointer & Associates, provides governance consulting, retreat facilitation, assessment, redesign, and development services to nonprofit organizations, commercial corporations, and government agencies. He is vice president and partner, American Governance and Leadership group LLC. Pointer is also Hanlon Professor of Health Policy and Research, San Diego State University. He is also the Austin Ross Professor, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington (Seattle).
James E. (Jamie) Orlikoff is president of Orlikoff and Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in governance improvement and leadership development. He is executive director of the American Governance and Leadership Group LLC and the national advisor on governance and leadership to the American Hospital Association. In these various capacities, he has worked with over six hundred organizations to strengthen their governance effectiveness and efficiency. Orlikoff serves on the board of trustees of Pitzer College in Claremont, California.

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