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The Business of Healthcare

by Kenneth H. Cohn and Douglas E. Hough, editors

 

Healthcare experts offer practice-management innovations and advice, insightful commentary, and policy prescriptions for healthcare administrators, practitioners, employers, educators, politicians, and healthcare consumers alike.

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December 2007

Praeger

Pages 736
Volumes 3
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Business/General
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The rapid pace of change in the healthcare industry is creating turbulence for just about everyone. For consumers, affordable access to quality healthcare is an issue of primary importance. For employers, health benefits have grown to be an alarmingly large component of their compensation packages. For physicians and other healthcare providers, practice management has become increasingly demanding. Each of this set's three volumes untangles the complexity, provides answers to knotty questions, and points the way toward better healthcare for all. Features include commentary, prescriptions, and insights from leaders in the healthcare industry, including physicians, attorneys, administrators, educators, and business consultants. The result: a landmark set filled with provocative analysis and practical recommendations destined to improve the delivery of healthcare.

The rapid pace of change in the healthcare industry is creating turbulence for just about everyone. For consumers, affordable access to quality healthcare is an issue of primary importance. For employers, health benefits have grown to be an alarmingly large component of their compensation packages. For physicians and other healthcare providers, practice management has become increasingly demanding. Complexity is the rule, thanks to government regulations and insurer requirements, the expansion of technology in everything from diagnosis to records, and the desire of policymakers and others to have a say in how healthcare is delivered and to whom. The Business of Healthcare provides Rx to these and other challenges in three volumes: Volume 1: Practice Management Volume 2: Leading Healthcare Organizations Volume 3: Improving Systems of Care. Each volume features commentary and insights from leaders in the healthcare industry, including physicians, attorneys, administrators, educators, and business consultants. The result: a landmark set filled with provocative analysis and practical recommendations destined to improve the delivery of healthcare.

The Business of Healthcare presents ideas and information that until now have been sequestered in a variety of professional journals and books, in isolation from each other. For the first time, healthcare professionals, consumers, scholars, students, and policymakers alike will have access to the same body of information about a critical sector of the economy-one that represents 15 percent of the U.S. national GDP, consumes 10 percent of federal government spending, and employs twelve million people. This three-volume set will address the current debates that are determining the future course of the industry. Volume 1: Practice Management: Physicians are beginning to realize that, in addition to providing health care, they are owners and managers of multi-million dollar enterprises. Unfortunately, most have not received formal training in the skills needed to operate such a business. In this volume, experts will present practical advice for physicians (as well as their practice managers and staff) to improve operations. Topics include: *The opportunities and challenges of solo practice. *The logistics of joining and leaving a physician practice. *Performance management in physician practices. *Creating a culture of accountability in physician practices. *Managing difficult and disruptive physicians. *Developing and promoting a physician practice. *Internet marketing of physician practices. *The potential benefits and implementation roadblocks of pay for performance. *Accounts receivable management in hospital and physician practices. *The future of the physician practice. Volume 2: Leading Healthcare Organizations: Whether running their own practice or working as a part of a larger organization, health professionals are being called upon to provide leadership—something more important than ever in health care, where some sectors of the industry are in turmoil, while others are being transformed entirely. This volume will offer insights into the changing role of leadership throughout an organization, and describe how health professionals can exert their influence to effect positive change. Topics covered include: *Perspectives on leading complex healthcare delivery systems. *Mending the gap between practicing physicians and hospital executives. *The physician's role on the hospital board, and a blueprint for success. *The impact of biotechnology advances on healthcare delivery. *The impact of informatics on healthcare delivery. *The next frontier in addressing clinical hospital supply costs. *Liability risk management: Saving money and relationships. *Pastoral medicine: The impact of pastoral care. *The role of complementary and alternative medicine in healthcare today. Volume 3: Improving Systems of Care : This volume explores the current state of health care, and it describes the critical issues that must be resolved in the short run and the long run to ensure that the industry provides the value that the public both demands and deserves. Topics include: *Quality in healthcare: concepts and practice. *Adapting proven aviation safety tools to healthcare: Improving healthcare by changing the safety culture. *Introduction to healthcare information technology. *Market dynamics and financing strategies in the development of medical technologies. *An innovative service delivery model for specialized care. *The impact of healthcare on the US economy. *Improving systems of care: a patient's perspective. *The cost of end-of-life care. *Building the bridge between business and medicine. Better, more efficient healthcare is not just possible but needed more than ever. The Business of Health Care will help lead the way toward a healthier, happier society.

Topic Centers

Volume 1, Practice Management
Preface by Kenneth H. Cohn and Douglas E. Hough
The Solo Practitioner: Opportunities and Challenges by William L. Doss
The Logistics of Joining and Leaving a Physician Practice by Nicholas J. Giampetro
Measuring Performance in a Medical Practice by William S. Reiser
Building a Culture of Accountability in Physician Practices by Marc D. Halley
Managing Difficult and Disruptive Physicians by Larry Harmon and Susan Lapenta
Developing and Promoting a Physician Practice by Marc D. Halley
Creating a Simplified, Integrated, Practice Marketing Plan by Debra R. Murphy
Revenue Cycle Management by Brian K. Morton
The Future of the Physician Practice by Severine Brocki and Kathleen Henrichs
Can Pay-for-Performance Really Pay for Performance? by Douglas E. Hough


Volume 2, Leading Healthcare Organizations
Preface by Kenneth H. Cohn and Douglas E. Hough
Perspectives on Leading Complex Healthcare Delivery Systems by Diane L. Dixon
Mending the Gap between Physicians and Hospital Executives by J. Deane Waldman and Kenneth H. Cohn
A Seat at the Power Table: The Physician's Role on the Hospital Board by Jayne Oliva and Mary Totten
The Impact of Biotechnology Advances on the Healthcare System by Neil J. Campbell
Healthcare Informatics: The Intersection of Information Technology and Care Delivery by Edwin E. Lewis, Jr.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Future of Healthcare in America by Chris D. Meletis
The Next Frontier in Addressing Clinical Supply Costs in Hospitals by Anand S. Joshi
Liability Risk Management: Saving Money and Relationships by Kathryn K. Wire
Pastoral Medicine: The Impact of Pastoral Care by Samuel Miller


Volume 3, Improving Systems of Care
Preface by Kenneth H. Cohn and Douglas E. Hough
Leading Impact-Driven Disaster Response in a Healthcare Setting by Carl W. Taylor
Healthcare Insurance: The Massachusetts Plan by Michael T. Doonan and Stuart H. Altman
Quality in Healthcare: Concepts and Practice by Phil Buttell, Robert Hendler, and Jennifer Daley
Adapting Proven Aviation Safety Tools to Healthcare: Improving Healthcare by Changing the Safety Culture by Jack Barker and Greg Madonna
Healthcare IT Solutions by Barry P. Chaiken
Market Dynamics and Financing Strategies in the Development of Medical Technologies by Jonathan Gertler
Improving Outcomes and Reimbursement: Outpatient Management of Pediatric Diabetes and the Implications for Chronic Illness by Karen Rubin, Jayne Oliva, and Debi Croes
Healthcare as an Economic Engine by R. Donald McDaniel Jr., Anirban Basu,
David I. Kovel, and Ian Batstone
Improving Systems of Care: A Patient's Perspective by Rudy Wilson Galdonik
Moving Ideas from the Laboratory to the Marketplace: How Scientists and Business Leaders Engage to Take Action by Lynn Johnson Langer
The Cost of End-of-Life Care by Kenneth A. Fisher with Lindsay E. Rockwell

Reviews/Endorsements

Endorsements

"The editors and writers of The Business of Healthcare have created a compelling and highly informative set of books that merge various disciplines and perspectives to create a comprehensive look at the challenges facing the health care industry. These books should prompt valuable discussion and hopefully action that will strengthen and advance the U.S health system."—Craig E. Holm, FACHE, CHE, Health Strategies & Solutions, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

"Thoughtful and provocative, The Business of Healthcare is a clearly articulated exploration of critical issues facing healthcare leaders today."—C. Duaner Dauner, President, California Hospital Association

"Just when the pressures and challenges on healthcare practitioners and organizations seem unbearable, Cohn and Hough have skillfully assembled this work which offers advice and comfort not only on how to cope with today's climate but how also to take advantage of the opportunities that abound while not abandoning the call to serve humanity."—Robert A. Reid, MD, Director of Medical Affairs, Cottage Health System, Santa Barbara, California, Past president, California Medical Association.

"Now, more than ever, this three volume set is necessary and important. The format and breadth of content is impressive; rather than a prescriptive set of how-tos, I come away with an expanded vision of want to and able to."—Leonard H. Friedman, Ph.D., MPH Professor and Coordinator Department of Public Health, Oregon State University

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