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.

Preface: Introduction to Managed Care Strategies

Preface: Introduction to Managed Care Strategies

Preface: Introduction to managed care strategies

Changes in health care delivery systems in recent years have had a profound effect on how providers of care function. These changes have caused great upheaval in practice patterns, but they can also be an opportunity for growth for the nursing profession. However, growth cannot occur unless nurses understand the functioning of managed care systems and learn to use the values of such systems in altering nursing care practices. In this section of the book, managed care strategies will be explored and terminology used to describe the new system will be explained.

The first chapter will explore the history of health care in the United States during the last 50 years, establishing a basis for understanding ...

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