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Understanding Healthcare Economics


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Introduction; Section 1: Pressures for Change; Chapter 1: Access; Chapter 2: Cost; Chapter 3: Quality; Section 2: Strategies to Increase Efficiency; Chapter 4: Align Incentives Via Payment System Design; Chapter 5: Managed Care Organizations, ACOs, PCMHs; Chapter 6: Wellness, Prevention and Disease Management; Chapter 7: New Types of Providers; Chapter 8: HIT = EMR + HIE; Appendix

About the Author

Jeanne Wendel, PhD Economics:Dr. Wendel is a Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada Reno. Her interest in health economics was jump-started in the early 1990s, when a hospital bought half of her time from the UNR College of Business. She attended the first four-week Advanced Training conducted by Dr. Brent James, at LDS Hospital in Utah, and then served on the Design Team that implemented a quality improvement program at the hospital. Recently, she worked with co-authors to evaluate the health information exchange in Nevada, analyze questions posed by a state Medicaid program, and evaluate the impact of incentives on wellness behaviors. She has coauthored published papers on the impacts of wellness, preventive care and disease management programs, and the impact of weight-gain on smoking cessation efforts. She has also coauthored published papers on quality improvement, hospital costs, the impact of organization size on risk, he impact of bundled payments efficiency, and the impact of competition on hospital provision of uncompensated care.William O'Donahue, PhD:William O'Donahue, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada Reno. He received his doctorate in psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook and has published over 75 books and 200 journal articles. He has directed the Victims of Crime Treatment Center for 20 years where children who have been sexually abused and women who have been sexually assaulted can receive free treatment. He has also helped numerous organizations forms and sustain integrated care delivery systems.Teresa D. Serratt PhD, RN:Dr. Serratt is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at Boise State University. She earned her doctorate in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, with a specialty in health policy. She currently teaches courses in healthcare leadership, healthcare analysis, health care delivery models, quality improvement and healthcare policy. Her primary research focus is health policy, nursing workforce and organizational analysis of economic and quality issues.As a registered nurse for over 25 years, she has spent the majority of her career at the bedside providing care to critically ill adult patients. She has experienced firsthand some of the failures of our healthcare system and feels it is imperative that healthcare professionals understand the healthcare reform issues and join the debate.

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