Pharmacy and the US Healthcare System is a one-stop textbook of current information about the features of the US healthcare system. It covers the personnel and institutions, along with concise reports on trends, regulations policy and finance. This new fourth edition has been updated with the most recent data, statistics and developments. It includes up-to-date information on many topics including financing, managed care pharmacy, political realities, and health information technology. There are new chapters on patient safety, pharmacovigilance, and ethics and professionalism. The healthcare field is evolving due to technological advances, pressure to increase efficiency and demand to increase costs. Pharmacy and the US Healthcare System prepares pharmacists for independent practice in this unpredictable environment.
1. Health and Health Care in the United States; 2. Financing Health Care in the United States; 3. Managed Care and Pharmacy Services; 4. The Health Professions; 5. Pharmacists in the US Health Care System; 6. Pharmacy Organizations; 7. Emerging Roles; 8. Political Realities of Pharmacy; 9. Hospital and Health Care Institutions; 10. Pharmacist Involvement in Long-term Care for Seniors; 11. The Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturing Industry; 12. Drug Distribution; 13. The Consumers of Health Care; 14. The Drug-use Process; 15. Patient Safety and Pharmacovigilance; 16. Provisions of Care to Subpopulations: a Cultural Perspective; 17. Ethics and Professionalism; 18. New Technologies: Understanding the Basics of Biotechnology; 19. Unresolved Issues in Pharmacy; 20. Pharmacy Looks to the Future.