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Great Health Care: Making It Happen Paperback – December 14, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1461411970 ISBN-10: 1461411971 Edition: 2012th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition (December 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461411971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461411970
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book tackles the complex problems of chronic disease care and healthcare delivery system failures. … Health professionals, consumers, and policy makers are the intended audience, but the book also can be used by students in the health professions, health policy, or public policy. … Notable features of the book are the colorful graphs and the human interest stories that illustrate the most salient points. … This is a good addition to an ever-growing body of literature.” (Carole Ann Kenner, Doody’s Review Service, March, 2012)

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Great Health Care is enlightening and entertaining.  It’s a must read for physicians, patients, health policymakers and administrators, and the interested public---anyone who wants to understand what great health care is, and how we might build it together. 
 
The authors share their stories and motivations and the methods they have used to transform care for their own patients within their own practices and health systems. They thoughtfully explore how we got into this mess, how we can get out of it, and the barriers to making it happen.

•“It is not only the impact of chronic diseases on our health and economy that draws us to this subject.  It is the intriguing and rewarding potential for improving the status quo through redesigning how chronic disease care is provided and paid for.”  (Timothy Harrington, MD)

•"You can't do things differently until you see things differently." (Eric Newman, MD)

•“We start people on the road to recovery, but the 12 weeks of cardiac rehabilitation is just the warm-up period. The really important part is what happens afterward.” (Richard Lueker, MD, Beth McCormick, MS)

•“We believe the extra-ordinary efforts of our program coordinators are key to our clients’ wellbeing and our unusually low readmission rate.” (Kathi Farrell, RN, BSN, PHN, Kathleen Sullivan, RN, MSN)

•“In real life, we are not usually given the chance to have a do-over.  But we are given the chance to continuously improve.  With the right skill sets, and the right partners, we can transform.”  (Eric Newman, MD)

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The use of humor and personal stories make reading this book particularly enjoyable.
Lisa Zucker
This book provides a preview of the types of people we will meet on our journey, the obstacles we will encounter, and the strategies we will need for success.
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If patients with chronic diseases can be kept in the "early" stages of the disease, costs are modest and quality of life is good.
Brian Joiner

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Joiner on March 31, 2012
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This is truly a GREAT book!
It is no secret that there are may components of our health system that are in urgent need of improvement. This book targets the chronic diseases that currently result in 70% of our ballooning health care costs. The basic message of the book is simple. If patients with chronic diseases can be kept in the "early" stages of the disease, costs are modest and quality of life is good. But, if they slip through to the "middle" stages of the disease the costs go up substantially and their quality of life drops significantly as well. And, if they slip further into the "critical" stage of the disease, costs increase dramatically while quality of life is severely diminished. For example, patients with diabetes, if well addressed early, can lead a good life at very low cost. But, if they slip through to the point of being on dialysis, quality of life deteriorates and costs skyrocket. Nine health centers that do a good job with one of the chronic diseases describe how they did it and the editors bring it all together based on their own distinguished careers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DW on July 16, 2012
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With this book, Tim Harrington and Eric Newman (along with the other authors) join a growing chorus of voices describing the many problems with our health care system and how to fix it. But their book stands out, in my mind, for two reasons. First, they've been thinking about these problems for longer than most of their peers and their insights are based on a wealth of experience gained through successful and unsuccessful attempts at change. Second is their sense of humor and decency. I can honestly say this is the only book about health care reform that has ever made me laugh out loud. (If you buy the book, read chapter 5 first.) But more importantly, they never stray far from the patient. The business side of medicine is complex, frustrating and sometimes mind numbingly boring. They tackle it head on without losing sight of the goal: great care for our patients.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert B. Textor on June 26, 2012
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Through years of practice, Harrington and Newman have developed real wisdom about how to bring health care costs down while making this care available to all. They have written in wonderfully accessible style for all of us: laymen, patients, policymakers, and above all, for and their fellow physicians. This book has identified numerous well-verified "best practices," and gotten "best practitioners" to tell us how they did it. Congratulations to them! And now let's hope that people who SHOULD read this book, DO read it, because it has a thousand sound suggestions that could result in reducing the cost of health care.
Robert B. Textor
Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus
Stanford University
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J T Harrington Jr on May 16, 2013
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I bought copies to give to others interested in re-designing the US health system, physicians and the public. We have received many complements from readers. The content is even more important as the Accountable Care Act is being implemented.
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