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Author(s): Joel B. Teitelbaum, JD, LLM, Department of Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
Sara E. Wilensky, JD, PhD, Department of Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
  • ISBN-13: 9781284087543
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Public opinion polls, media coverage, legal disputes, and policy debates at all levels of government and in private industry – debates ranging from the health of the national economy to the health of state populations to the health of a single individual sickened by Ebola hemorrhagic fever – attest to the important place that individual health care and public health hold in the minds of the American public, policymakers, and lawmakers. Indeed, the range of topics covered by the legal disputes and policy debates is breathtaking. For example, how should finite financial resources be allocated between health care and public health? What kind of return (in terms of quality of individual care and the overall health of the population) should we expect from the staggering amount of money we collectively spend on health? Should individuals have a legal entitlement to health insurance? How should we attack extant health disparities based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status? What policies will best protect the privacy of personal health information in an increasingly electronic medical system? Should physician assistance in dying be promoted as a laudable social value? How prepared is the country for natural and man-made catastrophes, like pandemic influenza or bioterrorism attacks?

Essentials of Health Policy and Law, Third Edition provides students of public health, medicine, nursing, public policy, and health administration with answers to and analytic frameworks for these complex questions, including in-depth discussions of the essential policy and legal issues impacting and flowing out of the healthcare and public health systems and the way health policies and laws are formulated. Concise and straightforward, this textbook is an introduction to the seminal issues in U.S. health policy and law, with a particular focus on national health reform under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The Third Edition is a thorough revision that offers updated information on the ACA, Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare, state health policy, public health preparedness, and health care quality. The Third Edition also offers:

  • New chapter: The Social Determinants of Health and the Role of Law in Optimizing Health
  • Updated and enhanced chapter on “The Art of Structuring and Writing a Health Policy Analysis”
  • Updated Figures, Tables, and Discussion Questions throughout
  • Navigate 2 Advantage Access – a mobile-ready package of online course materials including a comprehensive, interactive eBook, study tools, and graded assessments
About the Authors  
  Part  I  Setting the Stage: An Overview of Health Policy and Law
    Chapter  1  Understanding the Role of and Conceptualizing Health Policy and Law
    Chapter  2  Policy and the Policymaking Process
    Chapter  3  Law and the Legal System
    Chapter  4  Overview of the Health Care System
    Chapter  5  Public Health Institutions and Systems
  Part  II  Essential Issues in Health Policy and Law
    Chapter  6  Individual Rights in Health Care and Public Health
    Chapter  7  Social Determinants of Health and the Role of Law in Optimizing Health
    Chapter  8  Understanding Health Insurance
    Chapter  9  Health Economics in a Health Policy Context
    Chapter  10  National Health Reform
    Chapter  11  Government Health Insurance Programs: Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare
    Chapter  12  Health Care Quality Policy and Law
    Chapter  13  Public Health Preparedness Policy
  Part  III  Basic Skills in Health Policy Analysis
    Chapter  14  The Art of Structuring and Writing a Health Policy Analysis

Joel B. Teitelbaum, JD, LLM-Department of Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

Joel Teitelbaum, JD, LLM, is Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Director of the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, and co-director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D.C. He also carries a faculty appointment with the GW Law School. In his role as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Professor Teitelbaum provides comprehensive oversight and coordination of all the department’s academic activities, including graduate degree programs, faculty recruitment, curriculum development, and faculty and student support services. As Director of the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, he provides day-to-day oversight of a program designed to foster an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health law, health policy, health care, and public health through educational and research opportunities for law students, health professions students, and practicing lawyers. In his role at the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, he helps direct national efforts to embed civil legal services into healthcare delivery as a way of ameliorating social determinants that negatively affect individual and population health.

Professor Teitelbaum has taught graduate-level courses on health services law, healthcare civil rights, public health law, minority health policy, and long-term care law and policy, and an undergraduate survey course on health law. In 2009 he became the first member of the School of Public Health faculty to win the GW-wide Bender Teaching Award. He has also received the School’s Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2007 he was inducted into the ASPH/Pfizer Public Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Professor Teitelbaum has authored or co-authored many articles, book chapters, policy papers, and reports on civil rights issues in health care, insurance law and policy, health reform and its implementation, medical-legal partnership, and behavioral healthcare quality, and he has directed or managed many health law and policy research projects. In 2000 he was co-recipient of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, which he used to explore the creation of a new framework for applying Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to the modern healthcare system.

He is heavily involved in GW service activities: among other things, he has served as Chair of the Medical Center Faculty Senate’s Executive Committee; Chair of the School Curriculum Committee; Chair of the Department’s Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee; and Co-Chair of the committee that created and implemented GW’s Bachelor of Science degree in public health.

Professor Teitelbaum is a member of Delta Omega, the national honor society recognizing excellence in the field of public health; the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy; the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics; and the Society for American Law Teachers.

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Sara E. Wilensky, JD, PhD-Department of Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

Sara Wilensky, JD, PhD, is Special Services Faculty for Undergraduate Education in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is also the Director of the  Undergraduate Program in Public Health.

Dr. Wilensky has taught a health policy analysis course and health systems overview course required of all students in the Master of Public Health–Health Policy degree program, as well as the health policy course required of all undergraduate students majoring in public health. She has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on numerous health policy research projects relating to a variety of topics, such as Medicaid coverage, access and financing, community health centers, childhood obesity, HIV preventive services, financing of public hospitals, and data sharing barriers and opportunities between public health and Medicaid agencies.

As Director of the Undergraduate Program in Public Health, Dr. Wilensky is responsible for the day-to-day management of the program, including implementation of the dual BS/MPH program. In addition, she is responsible for faculty oversight, course scheduling, new course development, and student satisfaction.

Dr. Wilensky is involved with several GW service activities: she has taught a service learning in public health course in the undergraduate program; she has been heavily involved in making GW’s Writing in the Disciplines program part of the undergraduate major in public health; and she is the advisor to students receiving a Master in Public Policy or a Master in Public Administration with a focus on health policy from GW’s School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

Prior to joining GW, Dr. Wilensky was a law clerk for federal Judge Harvey Bartle III in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and worked as an associate at the law firm of Cutler and Stanfield, LLP, in Denver, Colorado.

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  • "...very organized and well-written."

    —Echu Liu, School of Allied Health, Southern Illinois University

  • “I have reviewed the text and I am quite impressed and I plan to use it as the primary text for the health policy course that I will be teaching starting next academic year.  We are on the quarter system and the chapter format and content of the book works nicely for a 10 week quarter course.  In addition, the breadth of topics covered is perfect for my advanced practice graduate nursing students.”

    —Eileen K. Fry-Bowers, JD, MS, RN, CPNP, Assistant Professor, Loma Linda University School of Nursing

  • "This book is well written and easy to read and use to understand a difficult subject. Boxed discussion questions throughout help guide students to synthesize important points. The final chapter takes novices through the steps of how to write a policy analysis, thereby teaching the art of analyzing policy, a very effective teaching/learning strategy. There are many books that discuss policy and law, but most address, for example, ethics and policy or a specialty law area such as reproduction or mental health and policy. This book is a broad brush of health policy and laws that impact policy creation or implementation. ...The final section that leads students through the process of policy analysis is exceptionally well done."

    —Carole A. Kenner, RNC, DNS, FAAN, University of Oklahoma College of Nursing (For Doody's Book Review Service, November 2008)

  • "...presents the nuances of the healthcare reform movement and Accountable Care Organizations in an understandable manner. The inclusion of the Institute of Medicine reports and the impact on patient safety and health policy make this book better than most policy books. It is a nice acquisition for educators."

    —Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, MSN, BSN, Northeastern University Bouve College of Health
    (For Doody's Book Review Service)

  • Transition Guide
  • Front Matter
    Contents, Prologue, The Essential Public Health Series Overview, Preface, Acknowledgments, About the Authors and Contributors
  • 11-9-16 Webinar Slides
    Slides from 11-9-16 Webinar with Joel Teitelbaum and Sara Wilensky on Health Policy and Law: New Topics and Exercises to Enhance Learning
  • Chapter 7
    Social Determinants of Health and the Role of Law in Optimizing Health
  • Chapter 1
    Understanding the Role of and Conceptualizing Health Policy and Law

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