An Introduction to Health Policy, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1461477352
  • ISBN-13: 9781461477358
  • DDC: 362.10973
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 259 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Based on the current climate of our nation's finances and healthcare spending, it is clear that young doctors and medical students are likely to see a dramatic transformation of the manner in which America offers medical care to its citizens over the course of their careers.  As such, it is pivotal that the next generation of America's leaders on the front lines of medicine develop a sense of where healthcare has evolved from and future potential directions of change. An Introduction to Health Policy: A Primer for Physicians and Medical Students is the first of its kind: a book written by doctors for doctors in order to allow busy physicians and medical students to quickly develop an understanding of the key issues facing American healthcare. This book seeks to efficiently and effectively educate physicians and medical students in a clinical context that they can understand on the past, present, and potential future issues in healthcare policy and the evolution of American healthcare. The reader will walk away from the book with the ability to discuss the fundamental issues in American healthcare with ease.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
Understanding the Basics I.
The History of Health Care in the United States Pre-1965.
Medicare and Its Evolution to 2011.
Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Breaking Down Health Care Insurance from HMO to PPO and Beyond.
Understanding Quality and Cost from a Health Policy Perspective.
Understanding the Basics II.
Prevention and US Health Care.
The Rise of Comparative Effectiveness Research.
Health Information Technology: Clinical and Policy Context.
Prescription Drug and Pharmaceutical Policy.
Health Disparities.
The Economics of Health Care.
Understanding Systems of Health Care.
The American Health-Care System: Understanding How the Pieces Come Together.
Alternative Systems of Care and Consumer-Driven Health Care.
National Healthcare Systems: A Worldview.
Reimbursement: Understanding How We Pay for Health Care.
Understanding the Politics in Health Policy.
How Health-Care Policy Is Made in Washington: Understanding the Players and the Game.
Government and State Agencies: Who Administrates Healthcare on Federal and State Levels?.
The 2006 Massachusetts Health Care Reform.
The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: What Is It and How Will It Change Health Care?.