About Jonas and Kovner’s
Health Care Delivery in the United States

Now in its 11th Edition, this fully updated and revised analysis of health care delivery in the U.S. keeps pace with the rapid changes that are reshaping our system.

Jonas and Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States, 11th Edition cover
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Page Count: 400
Product Form: Paperback / softback
ISBN 13: 9780826125279
Designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students of health care management and administration, public health, and nursing, this book creates a comprehensive understanding of the complicated, expensive, and ever-changing U.S. health care delivery system and the public health system.

The text provides an in-depth, objective appraisal of why and how we organize health care the way we do; the enormous impact of health-related behaviors on the structure, function, and cost of the health care delivery system; the implementation and implications of the Affordable Care Act; and other emerging and recurrent issues in health policy, health care management, and public health.

Organized into four parts, the book begins with an overview of the U.S. health system and how public policy influences operations, set in the context of health care delivery systems around the world. The text then addresses the two main challenges of health care systems: keeping people healthy (Part II) and providing quality care for those with an illness, chronic disease, and/or injury (Part III). Finally, Part IV looks to the future of health care delivery in the U.S. and considers what could happen to our health system in the coming decades.

The 29 authors who contributed to the 11th Edition are some of the leading thinkers and “doers” in the health sector, with unique perspectives that encourage classroom discussion and engagement. They not only present the facts of health care in the U.S. but also provide ideas for how health professionals can contribute to the process of strengthening our system to make sure it works efficiently and effectively at the task of keeping all of us healthy.

  • Highly Readable and Accessible Format. An efficient use of text, tables, and art facilitate the quick comprehension and reference of chapter information and avoids dense narrative blocks. Chapters include key words, learning objectives and competencies, a topical outline of points discussed, and additional resources.
  • Discussion Questions and Case Studies. Each chapter ends with a list of discussion questions and a case study, encouraging the reader to apply the ideas of the chapter to real-life issues and challenges that face health care leaders focused on management issues and policy issues.
  • Charts and Visual Aids throughout the book provide at-a-glance pictures of current health care data and trends. The 11th Edition also includes a graphical overview of the book as a whole, with all-new charts on consumer perceptions of the health care system, preferences for ACA next steps, population health issues, individual behavior and health, and more.
  • Written by Leading Experts. Edited by noted health policy experts James Knickman and Anthony Kovner, the 11th edition features the writings of such luminaries as Michael Gusmano, Carolyn Clancy, Joanne Spetz, Nirav Shah, Sherry Glied, Michael Sparer, and Christy LeMak, among others.
  • Expanded Supplemental Materials. Qualified instructors can receive access to an Instructor’s Manual, PowerPoint Slides, Sample Syllabus, Test Bank, and Image Bank. Also available for download are the 11th Edition Highlights Guide and a free chapter, “The Affordable Care Act: A Brief History, Assessment, and Future Challenges.” The free ACA chapter provides historical context, major milestones, and considers the future of health care reform law and the questions needed to assess its effectiveness.
  • The Affordable Care Act. Woven throughout the book are the challenges and responses to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and many new models of care designed to replace outmoded systems. The book also includes the ACA appendix “Major Provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.”
  • Discussion of the Triple Aim. This new edition presents the realities that impact our nation’s achievement of the so-called Triple Aim: better health and better care at a lower cost. Also discussed are increasing incentives for efficiency and better quality of care, as well as emerging societal efforts toward creating healthy environments and illness prevention.
  • Workforce and Population Challenges. Contributions by leading scholars, practitioners, and educators present the most up-to-date evidence-based information on health disparities, vulnerable populations, immigrant health, and nursing workforce challenges.
  • Information Technologies Update. An expanded discussion outlines the challenges and opportunities of health information technology (HIT) and also provides case studies to show how real-life patients have benefited from HIT.
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  • Chapter 4: Comparative Health Systems, Michael K. Gusmano and Victor G. Rodwin
  • Chapter 5: Population Health, Pamela G. Russo
  • Chapter 15: Health Information Technology, Nirav R. Shah
  • Chapter 16: The Future of Health Care Delivery and Health Policy, James R. Knickman and Anthony R. Kovner
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