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Jonas and Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States

ISBN-10: 0826120989
ISBN-13: 9780826120984
Edition: 9th 2008
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Description: How do we understand and assess the health care sector of our economy? Where and how is health care provided? How well does the health care system perform? Where is the health care sector going in terms of the health of the people, the cost of care,  More...

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Book details

List price: $69.00
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 632
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

How do we understand and assess the health care sector of our economy? Where and how is health care provided? How well does the health care system perform? Where is the health care sector going in terms of the health of the people, the cost of care, access to care, and quality of care? And, what else do we need to know to answer the four previous questions?

Tables and Figures
Foreword
Organization of This Book
Contributors
Perspectives
Overview: The State of Health Care Delivery in the United States
Defining Characteristics of the U.S. Health Care System
Major Issues and Concerns
Prospects for Change and Improvement
The Importance of Engagement at the Ground Level
Supplement: Key Charts
Good News About the U.S. Health Care System
Influences on Health
Getting the Preventive Care We Need
The Changing U.S. Population
Quality Versus Costs of Care
Oral Health Care
The Impact of Mental Disorders
Costly Medical Conditions
Dissatisfaction With the U.S. Health Care System
Measuring Health Status
Quantitative Perspectives
Understanding Numbers and Rates
Census Data
Vital Statistics
Morbidity
Health Status and Health-Related Behavior
Utilization and Cost of Health Care Services
Conclusion
Financing Health Care
What the Money Buys
How We Pay for Health Care
Reimbursement Approaches
Current Policy Issues
Conclusion
Public Health: Policy, Practice, and Perceptions
Public Health Every Day
Who Is in Charge of Public Health?
Defining Characteristics of Public Health
Core Functions of Public Health
Governmental Authority for Public Health
Challenges and Opportunities
The Role of Government in U.S. Health Care
The Government as Payer: The Health Insurance Safety Net
The Government as Regulator
The Government as Health Care Provider
Key Issues on the Health Care Agenda
Comparative Analysis of Health Systems Among Wealthy Nations
The Evolution of Health Systems and Policy in Wealthy Nations
Overview of Health System Models
Comparative Analysis of Health Systems
Common Problems of Health Care Organization and Policy in Three Nations
The U.S. Health System in Comparative Perspective
New Approaches to Comparing Health Systems
Conclusion
Providing Health Care
Acute Care
The History of Acute Care
Kinds of Acute Care Today
Hospitals in the United States
Current Issues in Acute Care
Future Challenges
Chronic Care
Definition of and Prevalence of Chronic Conditions
Chronic Conditions and Activity Limitations
Paying for Chronic Care
Dissatisfaction With the Current System
The Evolving Health Care System
International Trends
Conclusion
Long-Term Care
Long-Term Care Needs and Demands
Costs and Financing of Long-Term Care
The Goals of Long-Term Care
Providers of Long-Term Care
Challenging Issues
Conclusion
Health-Related Behavior
Behavioral Risk Factors: Overview and National Goals
Changing Health Behavior
Changing Provider Behavior
Conclusion
Pharmaceuticals
Pharmaceuticals
Biologic Products
Medical Devices: Brief Overview
Conclusion
The Health Care Workforce
Supply and Demand Factors
Types of Health Care Workers
Medical Practice
Nursing Practice
Mid-Level Professionals
Other Health Care Workers
Allied Health Professionals
Health Care Workforce Issues
Conclusion
Information Management
Improving Clinical Quality Through Information Technology
Information Technology's Benefits for Patients
Information Technology's Role in Controlling Health Care Costs
Speeding Adoption of Health Care Information Technology
Conclusion
System Performance
Governance, Management, and Accountability
Governance as a Process for Decision Making
Measuring Organizational Performance
Ownership of Health Care Organizations
Current Governance Issues
Management
Managerial Work in Health Care Organizations
Current Management Issues
Accountability
Conclusion
The Complexity of Health Care Quality
Health Care Quality: Fundamentals
Complexity and the Health Care Quality Challenge
Defining Quality of Health Care: Patients Versus Populations
Pay for Performance (P4P): Make the Business Case for Quality
Risk-Adjusted Quality Outcomes
Trends in Quality Assessment
Strategies for Managing Quality in the Health Care Zone of Complexity
Access to Care
Economic Barriers to Care
Noneconomic and Quasi-Economic Barriers to Care
Noneconomic and Quasi-Economic Barriers: Preventable Hospitalizations
Health Care Reform: Improving Access
The Future: Continuing and Emerging Issues
Costs and Value
The Problem: Rising Costs
Why Do Costs Rise?
Cost to Whom and for What?
Potential Solutions to Rising Health Care Costs
Dilemmas: Spending Is a Political Act
Conclusion
The Future
The Future of Health Care Delivery in the United States
Forecasting: Definition and Approaches
Forecasting Methods
Drivers of Change in the New Millennium
Where Change Is Likely to Occur
Conclusion
Appendices
Glossary
A Guide to Sources of Data
Useful Health Care Web Sites
Index

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