Health Care USA, Ninth Edition offers students of health administration, public health, medicine, and related fields a wide-ranging overview of America’s health care system. Combining historical perspective with analysis of current trends, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), this thoroughly updated edition charts the evolution of modern American health care, providing a complete examination of its organization and delivery while offering critical insight into the issues that the U.S. health system faces today. Balanced in perspective and comprehensive in its coverage, Health Care USA, Ninth Edition, provides students with a clearly organized, straightforward illustration of the complex structures, relationships and processes of this rapidly growing industry. Now with a new, highly experienced co-author Philip J. Kroth, the Ninth Edition explores new and evolving trends in the health care delivery marketplace and workforce including the forthcoming physician shortage, the status of the nursing profession, hospitalists, and the move of many physicians from small group practices to hospitals.
New to the Ninth Edition:
• Up-to-date information on the implementation of the ACA woven throughout the chapters
• New, comprehensive coverage of MACRA and its impact on all parts of the health care delivery system woven throughout the chapters
• Coverage of new trends including mergers, acquisitions, and the vertical integration of health systems
• New coverage in the Health Information Technology chapter on the challenges of achieving interoperability
• Current information on workforce issues such as the coming physician shortage; the role, certification, and training of physician assistants; trends in pharmacy and dentistry; nurse practitioners; hospitalists; and a new section on the increasingly important role of medical assistants
• Completely overhauled chapter on Public Health including new international comparisons, and data on U.S. spending on prevention efforts with examples from the Flint, Michigan water crisis, Gun violence, as well as SARS and Zika
Kristina M. Young, MS is an instructor at the University at Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions, State University of New York, where she teaches graduate courses in health care organization and health policy for students in the fields of public health, law and management. Ms. Young also is an instructor at Canisius College of Buffalo where she teaches graduate students in the Department of Health and Human Performance. Ms. Young is the Executive Director of the Western New York Public Health Alliance, Inc., an organization that administers government and private funds to support public health activities in the western New York region.She also is President and Owner of Kristina M. Young and Associates, Inc., a management consulting and training firm specializing in health and human services organizations.Previously, she served as President of a corporate training and development organization; as Executive Vice President of a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the joint interests of a major teaching hospital and a health maintenance organization; and as the Vice President for Research and Development for a teaching hospital system and Executive Director of its health, education, and research foundation.