Of all the recent changes in health care, none more dramatically affected both patients and care providers than managed care. Not only has it altered the way we pay for health care, but also it has compelled a change in the way we approach health care, focusing increasingly on preventive care to reduce costs. In this book, the author and her colleagues examine the impact of managed care on nursing as a profession and nurses as individual caregivers. Managed Care: Practice Strategies for Nursing will serve as an excellent course text on nursing and managed care, as well as a useful introduction and shelf reference for professional nurses at all levels of practice.
Nursing Strategies in Community Settings
With the increase in managed health care organizations has come a decrease in the number of people who have affordable health care coverage. Also, the health care trends of recent years have resulted in a significant portion of health care services being delivered from community bases rather than from the acute-care hospital. Community agencies are predicted to be the source of growth for nursing employment. The increase in ambulatory care sites, community health centers, and home care settings has been extremely rapid during the transition from the fee-for-service era to the managed care era. Thus, nurses must learn to function in these new environments. The last section of this book will focus on nursing strategies in ...