4th Edition of Issel’s Health Program Planning and Evaluation Stays True to Prior Editions with Several Improvements

Excerpted from the Preface of Health Program Planning and Evaluation, 4th Edition,
by L. Michele Issel, PhD, RN, University of North Carolina College of Health and Human Services Department of Public Health, Charlotte, North Carolina

Health Program Planning and Evaluation by L. Michele Issel, PhD, RN published on August 4, 2017.

Health Program Planning and Evaluation by L. Michele Issel, PhD, RN published on August 4, 2017.

The fourth edition of Health Program Planning and Evaluation has stayed true to the purpose and intent of the previous editions. This advanced- level text is written to address the needs of professionals from diverse health disciplines who find themselves responsible for developing, implementing, or evaluating health programs. The aim of the text is to assist health professionals to become not only competent health program planners and evaluators but also savvy consumers of evaluation reports and prudent users of evaluation consultants. To that end, the text includes a variety of practical tools and concepts necessary to develop and evaluate health programs, presenting them in language understandable to both the practicing and novice health program planner and evaluator.

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How Health Insurance Actually Works

By Kristina M. Young, MS & Philip J. Kroth, MD, MS
Authors of Health Care USA, 9th Edition

Amidst all the rhetoric and bluster of the health care debate, public discourse suggests that many lawmakers and the American public have little understanding of the fundamental principles of how insurance actually works.  Regarding the ACA, calls to end its “individual mandate” because it infringes upon personal rights, suggestions to segregate people with pre-existing conditions into high-risk pools, and proposals to cap life-time health insurance benefits are only three examples of what seem to bespeak an enduring ignorance. In the face of all controversies, health insurance market principles remain grounded in insurers’ management of risk and how insurance works.

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The Quest for Universal Health Coverage

By Richard Skolnik, MPA
Author of Global Health 101

The quest for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is central to all efforts in global health. Indeed, all high-income countries, except the United States, have had a system of universal health coverage for some time and all low-and middle-income countries have at least a commitment in principle to achieving UHC as soon as possible.

In this context, it is important for those of us who teach global health to understand the concept of UHC, some of the key reference materials that deal with UHC, and some of the countries that we want our students to study to best understand the “quest for universal health coverage.”

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Informatics for Health Professionals is “an effective introduction to informatics”

Informatics for Health ProfessionalsInformatics for Health Professionals by Kathleen Mastrian and Dee McGonigle recently received a 4-star review. David M. Liebovitz, MD, from the University of Chicago Medicine, writes for Doody’s Review Service that it is,

“…an effective introduction to informatics for a broad audience of allied health professionals. The pairing of the online site with the book…augments the high quality through reinforcing key concepts.”

Informatics for Health Professionals is an excellent resource to provide healthcare students and professionals with the foundational knowledge to integrate informatics principles into practice. Learn more at our website.

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Health Care Quality as a Scientific Endeavor

by Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Excerpted from the Foreword of Quality Health Care: A Guide to Developing and Using Indicators, Second Edition, by Robert C. Lloyd. (Available Sept. 1, 2017)

In the now 30-year history of bringing modern quality methods into the control, improvement, and planning of health care, skeptics sometimes comment on the “religious” tone of that movement.  Leaders and others in the workforce who get the quality “bug,” seem to buzz with their enthusiasm.  They adopt phrases like “joy in work,” “pursuing perfection,” and a “never-ending journey,” and sprinkle their vocabulary with unfamiliar technical expressions, like “PDSA cycles,” “high reliability organizations,” and “statistical process control.”  And, they seem to think they are right, lamenting together that too many others so not see what they, at last, see.

So it does, indeed, seem to newcomers as if a religion, or at least a cult, has arrived in town.  The “immune reaction” can be strong.

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The Effort to Repeal and Replace the ACA Moves to the Senate

By Sara Wilensky, JD, PhD
Co-author of Essentials of Health Policy and Law, 3rd Edition

In a political surprise (how many have there been?), the House of Representatives passed a modified version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on May 4, 2017 by a vote of 217 to 213.  Every Democrat and 20 Republicans voted against the bill. Most of AHCA remained the same as described in a previous post.  While the original AHCA did not even make it to a vote, two amendments allowed the modified version to pass through the House with the support of the conservative Freedom Caucus as well as some moderate Republicans.

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“Delivering Health Care in America” Authors Celebrate 20 Years with New 7th Edition Coming in October

By Leiyu Shi, DrPH, MBA, MPA, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
& Douglas A. Singh, PhD, MBA, Indiana University at South Bend, School of Business and Economics
Authors, Delivering Health Care in America, 7th Edition (Available Oct. 13, 2017)

Delivering Health Care in America, A Systems Approach, 7th Edition

Available October 13, 2017

With this Seventh Edition, we celebrate 20 years of serving instructors, students, policymakers, and others, both at home and overseas, with up-to-date information on a dynamic United States health care delivery system. Much has changed and much will continue to change in the future as the nation will grapple with critical issues of access, cost, and quality. Indeed, much of the developing and developed world will also be contending with similar issues.

People in the United States, in particular, had just gotten a taste of a far-reaching health care reform with President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act (ACA), nicknamed Obamacare. The law produced mixed results that are documented in this new edition.

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Reducing the Angst of Group Projects

By Sharon Buchbinder, RN, PhD
Author of Introduction to Health Care Management, 3rd Edition

Does any of this sound familiar?

“I hate group projects! This is a waste of my time!”
“Why can’t you just give us individual assignments?”
“Suzy was lazy and didn’t pull her weight!”
“Johnny didn’t get his work in on time!”
“No one could agree on a plan. It was a nightmare!”
“Jane was bossy and wouldn’t listen to anyone else’s ideas.”
“I had to do all the work. No one followed my instructions!”

What is it about group projects and teamwork that makes students moan, faculty cringe, and course evaluations vibrate with anger? Unless our students have been living in caves, they have all been exposed to teamwork from a young age. Whether it is a sports team, troop project, class community service, bake sale, car wash, or neighborhood cleanup, at some point in all our lives we have all worked in groups. We know our students need the experience of working in teams because that is the nature of the practice of health care management. Despite students’ life experiences and faculty awareness that this is a competency that must be demonstrated, few students or faculty members relish the prospect of group assignments—especially in online courses. How can we reduce the angst of group projects?

With better communication.

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What’s Ahead for the Affordable Care Act?

By Donna K. Hammaker, MGA, JD
Author of Health Care Management and the Law, 2nd Edition & Health Care Ethics and the Law, 1st Edition

The current political situation makes it probable that changes will be made to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), if it is not repealed. Although some ask why the government cannot simply get out of health care and allow market forces to regulate the industry, the history of U.S. health care is the best explanation of why this strategy does not work. The government did stay out of the individual market until it passed the ACA in 2010 at a time when millions could not obtain health insurance and costs were skyrocketing at an unsustainable pace.

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Preventing Sudden Death in Sport & Physical Activity, Second Edition Receives 5 Stars

Preventing Sudden Death in Sport & Physical Activity, Second EditionAthlete safety and the prevention of sudden death on the field are growing concerns in sports and physical activity. That’s what makes the groundbreaking Preventing Sudden Death in Sport and Physical Activity, Second Edition by Douglas J. Casa and Rebecca L. Stearns so essential. In a recent 5-star review, Ernest Eugene, MS, BS, from Virginia Tech, writing for Doody’s Review Service raves that,

“The new edition of this important book reflects the updates in this field as a result of the research since the previous edition. I will use in my daily practice.”

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