Pharmacy and the US Health Care System equips pharmacists for independent practice in today's unpredictable health care environment. This fourth edition offers a complete source of current information about the features of the US health care system including the personnel and institutions, as well as concise reports on trends, regulations, policy and finances. Written and edited by a well-respected team of experts, this new edition has been fully revised and updated and now features new chapters including: patient safety and pharmacovigilance; professionalism and ethics. The inclusion of case studies, sample test questions and learning objectives makes this an invaluable tool for students. Whether it is a course offering an introduction to the health care environment, or about managing and finance in the US health care delivery system, this is an essential textbook. It is also a helpful reference for practicing pharmacists and pharmacy organizations and societies.
1. Health and Health Care in the United States; 2. Financing US Health Care; 3. Managed Care Pharmacy; 4. The Health Professions; 5. Pharmacists and US Health Care; 6. Pharmacy Organizations; 7. Emerging Roles; 8. Political Realities of Pharmacy; 9. Hospital and Health Care Institutions; 10. Pharmacist Role in Long-term Care; 11. The Research Manufacturing Pharmaceutical 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. Professionalism and Ethics; 18. Health Information Technology: Emerging Challenges for Pharmacy; 19. Unresolved Issues in Pharmacy: Imagining the Future; 20. The Future