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    Health Care Quality as a Scientific Endeavor

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Jun 16, 2017 5:00:48 PM

    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.

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    Topics: Bob Lloyd, Don Berwick, IHI, Quallity Health Care

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

    Posted by Sophie Teague on May 25, 2017 4:15:41 PM

    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

    Posted by Sophie Teague on May 23, 2017 3:29:20 PM

    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)

     

    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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    Topics: New Edition, Affordable Care Act (ACA), Author, health administration, National Health, Public health management, Delivering Health Care in America, Public Administration, shi & singh

    Reducing the Angst of Group Projects

    Posted by Sophie Teague on May 9, 2017 12:44:47 PM

    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!”

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    Topics: allied health, Author, health administration, Sharon Buchbinder Blog

    What’s Ahead for the Affordable Care Act?

    Posted by Sophie Teague on May 4, 2017 2:36:36 PM

    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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    Topics: Affordable Care Act (ACA), Author, Donna Hammaker

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

    Posted by Katie Hennessy on Apr 27, 2017 3:45:48 PM

    Athlete 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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    Topics: American College of Sports Medicine, Douglas J. Casa, Health, ACSM, Doody's Review Service, Rebecca L. Stearnsso, Review, Sports

    Webinar: Health Care Leadership

    Posted by Alianna Ortu on Apr 24, 2017 10:00:05 AM

    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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    Topics: allied health, Health, health administration, Webinar, Leadership, ledlow, webinar, health care leadership, leadership for health professionals

    5 Classroom Assignments That Revive the Art of Letter Writing

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Apr 14, 2017 2:05:27 PM

    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.

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    Topics: Epidemiology, flipped classroom, health policy, Sharon B. Buchbinder, Public health management, Sharon Buchbinder Blog, Classroom Assignments, Public Administration

    5 Star Review: Leadership for Health Professions, Third Edition

    Posted by Alianna Ortu on Apr 14, 2017 10:00:24 AM

    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.”

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    Topics: allied health, Doody's Review Service, health administration, New Text, Review, Leadership, ledlow, health care leadership, leadership for health professionals, stephens

    Improving Patient Communication in Pharmacy

    Posted by Alianna Ortu on Apr 10, 2017 10:00:33 AM

    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.

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    Topics: allied health, Pharmacy, Liu, Pharmaceutical sciences, Patient Communication for Pharmacy, pharmacist education, Pharmacists, pharmacy communication

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