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Essentials of Health Policy and Law, Third Edition
Includes the 2018 Annual Health Reform Update

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: 9781284162585
  • Kit     pages      © 2017
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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
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 an Associate Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program, and Co-Director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, all at the George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, D.C. He also carries a faculty appointment with the GW Law School, and for 11 years he served as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Professor Teitelbaum has taught graduate courses on health care law, health care civil rights, public health law, minority health policy, and long-term care law and policy, and an undergraduate survey course on health law. He was the first member of the School of Public Health faculty to receive the University-wide Bender Teaching Award, he has received the School’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and he is a member of the GW Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He has authored or co-authored dozens of articles, book chapters, policy papers, and reports on civil rights issues in health care, insurance law and policy, medical-legal partnership, health reform and its implementation, and behavioral health care quality, and he is co-author of Essentials of Health Policy and Law, Third Edition (2017), published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Among other organizations, Professor Teitelbaum is a member of Delta Omega, the national honor society recognizing excellence in the field of public health; the ASPH/Pfizer Public Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers; and the Society for American Law Teachers.  In 2016, during President Obama’s second term, Professor Teitelbaum was named to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (i.e., Healthy People 2030). He also serves as Special Advisor to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Veterans’ Legal Services and as a member of the Board of Advisors of PREPARE, a national advanced care planning organization.

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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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Bundle with: Essentials of Health Justice

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This bundle includes the following four (4) items: 1.) Essentials of Health Policy and Law, Third Edition 2.) Navigate 2 Advantage Access for Health Policy and Law, Third Edition 3.) 2018 Annual Health Reform Update 4.) Essentials of Health Justice