This comprehensive textbook contains information on a wide array of topics, including the organization of care, population health, the fundamental challenges of health disparities, health care financing and economics, and health information technology’s role in improving care and protecting privacy. New chapters on public health preparedness and its role in mitigating effects on health and the health system and the medical and social challenges of caring for older adults provide insight into important, ongoing challenges and what those challenges reflect about our system of care.
With an increased emphasis on health disparities, population health, and health equity, this textbook includes a timely focus on how social and behavioral determinants influence health outcomes. Students will gain a deeper understanding of public health systems and their societal role and of the economic perspectives that drive health care managers and the system. Thorough coverage of the rapid changes that are reshaping our system, in addition to an evaluation of our nation’s achievement of health care value, will equip students with the critical knowledge they need to enter this dynamic and complex field. The book also includes cutting-edge, evidence-based information on preventive medicine, innovative approaches to control health care costs, initiatives to achieve high-quality and value-based care, and much more from prominent scholars, practitioners, and educators within health care management, public health, population health, health policy, medical care, and nursing.