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Encyclopedia of health care management
Stahl, Michael J.
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Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, [2004]

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xxxvii, 621 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
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Health care is one of today′s most discussed and debated topics. From issues such as accessibility to costs to quality, the debates range widely among doctors, patients, employers, and insurers. A popular topic in political campaigns and the media, health care and health care management is also a quiet and unremitting concern in the private and personal lives of individuals who worry about someday having to choose between food and prescription drugs.

The Encyclopedia of Health Care Management will prove invaluable to libraries serving students and professionals in health and business. It will also be an essential reference for health providers and their employees, and students and professors in health and management for responsible and successful practice and administration in the health care industry.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Make no mistake--medicine is big business and promises to become even more so. Within the health-care industry, health-care management is a burgeoning field in its own right, encompassing a broad variety of business and management issues including accounting and activity-based costing, economics, health policy, human resources, information technology, legal and regulatory issues, managed care, marketing and customer value, operations and decision making, pharmaceuticals and clinical trials, quality, statistics, and data mining. Containing about 600 entries contributed by more than 160 expert contributors, this reference covers the aforementioned facets of health-care management and more, such as institutions and organizations and international health-care issues. Readers will find entries on Balanced scorecard and health care, Episodes of care, Facilities management, Health insurance, Inpatient services, Outsourcing, Physician extenders, Structured settlement, Utilization review, Vicarious liability0 , and Zero defect0 s ,0 among others. The focus is primarily on the U.S. Although there are eight entries specifically on international health-care issues, readers looking for a more international perspective will be disappointed--something that Sage might want to ponder when contemplating further development of its health services and public health administration reference lists. Signed articles are accompanied by short lists for further reading; some contributors have elected to include URLs in these lists. Access is facilitated three ways--by a list of entries, a reader's guide that classifies entries into 16 general categories, and an index. The most comprehensive one-volume reference work on health-care management published in the last 10 years, this work brings together much useful information and will appeal to a broad audience. Health science libraries, college libraries, and large public libraries will want to invest in this title. Although the treatment is probably not deep and critical enough for major research libraries, they should consider purchase in the absence of recently published comparable works. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Stahl (director, Physician Executive MBA Program, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville) ambitiously targets "patients, physicians, other providers, employees of providers, students of health care, and consumers of health care insurance" in a one-volume work written by 170 contributors. There are A-to-Z entries for more than 600 terms, ranging in length from approximately 150 to 1500 words. Also included are alphabetical and subject-based lists of entries. Unfortunately, the editor did not explain the criteria used for selecting these terms from the thousands of possibilities. Thus, "March of Dimes" and "Mystery Shopper" are included, while such topics relevant to this industry as DRGs (diagnosis-related groups), knowledge management, Leapfrog Group, or any of the permutations of universal healthcare are omitted. There is a balance between healthcare terms and hardcore business terms, as shown in the sequential entries "BCG Portfolio Analysis" and "Bed Occupancy." See and See Also references are used but not often or completely enough. Most entries provide "Further Reading" lists that include books, articles, and web sites. Despite its flaws, this volume should be considered by academic and public libraries with large healthcare management or business collections as the only current reference on the topic. The Facts On File Dictionary of Health Care Management (1989) offers more terms but is now out-of-date.-Dick Maxwell, Penrose-St. Francis Health Svcs., Colorado Springs (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The proper management of expensive and complex health care services, a huge economic, political, medical, and social issue, will only grow in importance as costs and the number of older citizens continue to rise. More than 160 experts present more than 600 signed entries that define terms and acronyms (e.g., "vicarious liability"), analyze legislation ("Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act"), review techniques and procedures ("root cause analysis"), describe relevant organizations and government agencies, and discuss various problems. The work includes see references and at least one suggested item for further reading at the end of each entry. The editor previously published The Physician's Essential MBA (1999). The present title is vital for those institutions that do not have Thomas C. Timmreck's Health Services Cyclopedic Dictionary (3rd ed., 1997) or Joseph C. Rhea et al.'s The Facts on File Dictionary of Health Care Management (CH, Dec'88). This work's style makes it accessible to general readers as well as specialists. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Large public libraries and academic reference collections that support business and medical programs; special libraries serving medical schools, hospitals, and health care organizations. L. A. Blewett formerly, University of Chicago