Health care policy is a hot topic in politics right now, and it is crucial that nurses join the conversation. In a recent article, Advance Healthcare Network for Nurses argues that “all too often, the body of people making decisions and planning societal changes lacks a clinical healthcare background.” However, one university has created a program to help change that.
Check out this interesting blog post from Bob O’Toole, contributing author to Cathy Cress’s Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Third Edition.
Understanding the Difference between “Need” and “Demand”:Don’t Base Your Eldercare Business Plan on the Growing Number of Those in Need of Caregiver Support
"America is rapidly moving to a two-tiered system of long-term care services. One provides a range of high quality services for those who can afford to pay; while the other offers very limited services and often poor quality care. This is, perhaps, the major domestic issue facing Americans today and will loom larger as the impact of caring for a rapidly aging population becomes more urgent.
It is tempting to look at the research data and conclude that the market for services to an aging population is vast. The National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP published a study in November 2009 that estimates there are at least 43.5 million caregivers age 18 and over, equivalent to 19 percent of all adults, who provide unpaid care to an adult family member or friend who is age 50 years or older."
Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines in accordance with the Affordable Care Act that include breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling. These historic guidelines will help ameliorate traditional breastfeeding obstacles, such as the cost of purchasing or renting breast pumps. According to the HSS,
Demetrius J. Porche, DNS, PhD, APRN, FAANP, FAAN, Dean and Professor, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing
ISBN-13: 978-0-7637-8313-6 | Paperback | 296 Pages | © 2012
Health care providers frequently engage in setting policy agenda at the individual, systems, institutional, or public level. Health Policy: Application for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals provides an overview of the policymaking process within a variety of settings including academia, clinical practice, communities, and various health care systems. By including both policy evaluation and research, the author provides a comprehensive and multi-perspective approach to developing and formulating effective health care policy.