Delivering Health Care in America

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2008 - Business & Economics - 649 pages
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In a clear, cohesive format, Delivering Health Care in America provides a comprehensive overview of the basic structures and operations of the US health system—from its historical origins and resources, to its individual services, cost, and quality. Using a unique “systems” approach, it brings together an extraordinary breadth of information into a highly accessible, easy-to-read text that clarifies the complexities of health care organization and finance, while presenting a solid overview of how the various components fit together. The fourth edition has been thoroughly updated with the latest information on: The global threat of avian influenza Health policy agenda of the Bush administration Progress towards Healthy People 2010 goals The effects of corporatization, information revolution, and globalization on health care delivery. The role of hospitals in the U.S. healthcare system The continuing nursing shortage Prospective payment initiatives for inpatient psychiatric facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities Pay-for-performance initiatives Trends in home health care services The role of long-term care hospitals and reimbursement for their services Disease management as a strategy to manage utilization The role of inpatient rehabilitation facilities Updated information on health services for special populations State strategies to provide universal coverage State Children’s Health Insurance Plan reauthorization issues The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief High-deductible health plans Insurance restructuring in Massachusetts Challenges in long-term care The era of evidence-based medicine Mandates of recent legislation such as the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 and the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005

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