Introduction to Health Care Services: Foundations andChallenges offers new insights into the most important sectorsof the United States' health care industry and the many challengesthe future holds. Designed to provide a comprehensive andup-to-date understanding of the system, this textbook covers themany facets of health care delivery and details the interaction ofhealth, environments, organizations, populations, and the healthprofessions. Written by authors with decades of experience teachingand working in health care administration and management, the bookexamines the current state and changing face of health caredelivery in the United States. Each chapter includes learningobjectives and discussion questions that help guide and engagedeeper consideration of the issues at hand, providing acomprehensive approach for students. Cases studies demonstratinginnovations in the delivery of health care services are alsopresented.
Health care administration requires a thorough understanding ofthe multiple systems that define and shape the delivery of healthcare in the United States. At the same time, it is important forstudents to gain an appreciation of the dilemma confronting policymakers, providers, and patients in the struggle to balance cost,quality, and access. Introduction to Health Care Services:Foundations and Challenges is an in-depth examination of themajor health care issues and policy changes that have had an impacton the U.S. health care delivery system.Includes information on U.S. health care delivery, from care tocost, and the forces of changeFocuses on major industry players, including providers,insurers, and facilitiesHighlights challenges facing health care delivery in thefuture, including physician shortages, quality care, and thechronic disease epidemic
The U.S. health care system is undergoing major reform, and theeffects will ripple across every sector of the industry.Introduction to Health Care Services: Foundations andChallenges gives students a complete introduction tounderstanding the issues and ramifications.
The next big human pandemic—the next disease cataclysm, perhaps on the scale of AIDS or the 1918 influenza—is likely to be caused by a new virus coming to humans from wildlife. Experts call such an event “spillover” and they warn us to brace ourselves. David Quammen has tracked this subject from the jungles of Central Africa, the rooftops of Bangladesh, and the caves of southern China to the laboratories where researchers work in space suits to study lethal viruses. He illuminates the dynamics of Ebola, SARS, bird flu, Lyme disease, and other emerging threats and tells the story of AIDS and its origins as it has never before been told. Spillover reads like a mystery tale, full of mayhem and clues and questions. When the Next Big One arrives, what will it look like? From which innocent host animal will it emerge? Will we be ready?
Transforming Public Health Practice covers core leadership andmanagement skills, covering areas such as politics, workforce,partnership and collaboration, change management, outcomesorientation, opportunities for improvement, health equity, andfuture challenges. Case studies highlight innovations in healtheducation, working with people with disabilities, partnerships inresponse to disease outbreaks, and health programs. Learningobjectives, chapter summaries, key terms, and discussion questionsenhance each chapter. A downloadable instructors' supplement isavailable on the companion Web site for the book.
This book has necessitated that a revised, updated edition of the book
be made available to the students. Moreover, we have developed an additional
“online component with this second edition, in which additional MCQs as well
as guidelines for answering common questions have been provided.