“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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Webinar: Health Care Leadership

Join us for a free webinar on Wednesday May 3rd at 2pm EST. In this webinar, you’ll hear from Gerald (Jerry) R. Ledlow, PhD, MHA, FACHE, author of Leadership for Health Professionals, Third Edition, about how he created and incorporated his “Focused Content Cycling” model into the text. Learn best practices for teaching complex leadership principles to your health care students.

Register today at: go.jblearning.com/Leadershipwebinar

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5 Classroom Assignments That Revive the Art of Letter Writing

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

Once upon a time, before computers, Internet, email, and texting, there was something known as the “letter.” This ancient form of communication provided people who did not live near one another the opportunity to share news and feelings. When I was a child <cough, cough> a hundred years ago, I had a pen pal. We sent letters back and forth, each trying to outdo the other with our creativity. Now those letters and postage stamps have been replaced with OMG! ROFL! TTYL! and unlimited data plans for all household members with opposable thumbs.

Good letter writing is both an art and a science. An art because the letter writer must decide what to select as the topic. Allen Sherman’s Camp Granada is a famous example of a letter written by a child to his parents. On a more serious note, Abigail Adams was perhaps one of our most prolific first ladies who wrote letters on topics ranging from advice to her son to urging her husband to consider the rights of women. Letter writing is a science, because the author should be able to support his or her statements with data. This is precisely why I believe it is time to resuscitate letter writing in our curricula.

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5 Star Review: Leadership for Health Professions, Third Edition

We are pleased to announce that Leadership for Health Professionals: Theory, Skills, and Applications, Third Edition by Gerald (Jerry) R. Ledlow and James H. Stephens has just received a perfect, 5-star review. Cynthia L Cummings, EdD, RN, CHSE, from the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health, writing for Doody’s Review Service, says:

“I loved this book. It is easy to follow with an excellent discussion and flow of topics. The book would be an excellent resource for anyone interested in healthcare leadership.”

In today’s health care environment, everyone must be prepared to lead. The Third Edition of Leadership for Health Professionals: Theory, Skills, and Applications, Third Edition focuses on practical examples of leadership in actual healthcare scenarios. This comprehensive and well-organized text is grounded in real-world applications of theoretical concept and is the only textbook of its kind to apply classical knowledge of leadership theory and time-honored best practices of industry leaders to a health organization context.

Hear Dr. Ledlow discuss his new text and his Focused Content cycling model in a free webinar: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2PM EST.

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Improving Patient Communication in Pharmacy

Communication is a vital part of any patient-provider relationship. Not unlike doctors and nurses, pharmacists also need to be able to effectively communicate with their patients. Patient Communication for Pharmacy: A Case-Study Approach on Theory and Practice is a practical guide that develops readers’ understanding of the unique communication dynamics between pharmacists and patients and assists them in strengthening the communication skills necessary for providing optimal patient outcomes.

Focusing on skills acquisition and an integration of communication and behavioral change theories, this valuable resource addresses issues relevant to pharmacist-patient communication and relationship building including: health literacy, culturally competent care, patient compliance, conflict/emotionally charged conversations, and more. Continue reading

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Pharmacy Technician Education

Pharmacy Technician Stakeholder Consensus Conference LogoIn today’s health care environment, more and more is being asked of the pharmacy technician. As such, standards and qualifications for entry-level practice have come into question. In an effort to reach a consensus on these standards, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) brought together professionals and educators for the Pharmacy Technician Stakeholder Consensus Conference in February. Recognizing the need for consistent, quality standards of practice, these leaders came together to make their recommendations to PTCB. Continue reading

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Now What? A Health Policy Expert’s Analysis on the Demise of the AHCA

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

After a flurry of behind-the-scenes arm-twisting by President Trump and negotiations with members of their own party, the Republican leadership tabled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on March 24th because they did not have the votes to pass the bill.  Instead of being a bill that had a little bit for everyone, AHCA ended up as a bill that did not have enough for anyone.  It was too moderate for conservatives, too conservative for moderates, and managed to alienate powerful stakeholders ranging from conservative think tanks to providers to the elderly.  So, what did we learn and what happens next?

First, Republicans will not be able to win votes only by relying on party loyalty or helping Trump be a successful president.  Speaker Ryan and President Trump appeared to bank on his members feeling so compelled to pass something to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that they would pass anything even if they did not like the bill. In the end, policy mattered. Whether it was ideological opposition to refundable tax credits by conservatives or concern about millions losing health insurance by the moderates, the details of bill were important to members.  This is not surprising given the unpopularity of the bill. A majority of those polled opposed major components of the Republican plan such as including allowing insurers to charge older individuals higher premiums (80% opposed), adding surcharges for lapsed coverage (70% opposed), reducing Medicaid funding (64% opposed), and denying funding to Planned Parenthood (56% opposed).  More respondents opposed eliminating the individual mandate than keeping it (48% to 35%) and replacing income-based subsidies with age-based subsidies (48% to 16%).[1]  Overall, 56% of the public opposed the AHCA and only 17% favored the bill.[2]

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