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    How Health Insurance Actually Works

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Aug 3, 2017 10:10:55 AM

    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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    Topics: ACA, health administration, Individual Mandate, MACRA, National Health, health insurance, Public Administration

    "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

    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

    Teaching the ACA Under the Threat of ‘Repeal and Replace’: Our Authors Weigh In

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Feb 22, 2017 8:56:11 AM

    ‘Repeal and Replace’ seems to be the mantra of the new White House administration. What does the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) look like? How should educators approach the topic in classroom discussion? We asked our authors for their opinion and here’s what they said:

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    Topics: Affordable Care Act (ACA), health administration, Public Administration

    King v. Burwell: A Policy Expert's View, Part 1

    Posted by Katie Hennessy on Mar 27, 2015 1:19:14 PM

    This is the first installment of a 2-part commentary by Jones & Bartlett Learning author and health policy expert, Joel Teitelbaum, on the most recent challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), now a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The second installment will discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in the case (expected by the end of June, when the Court concludes its current term).

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    Topics: Health, public health education, ACA, Affordable Care Act, health policy, Joel Teitelbaum, Public Health, Public health management, Public Administration, Supreme Court Health Reform Decision

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