Public opinion polls, media coverage, legal disputes, and policy debates at all levels of government and in private industry attest to the important place that individual health care and public health and safety hold in the minds of the American public, policymakers, and lawmakers.
Essentials of Health Policy and Law, Fourth Edition provides students of public health, medicine, nursing, public policy, and health administration with an introduction to a broad range of seminal issues in U.S. health policy and law, analytic frameworks for studying these complex issues, and an understanding of the ways in which health policies and laws are formulated, implemented, and applied. Concise and straightforward, this text is particularly known for its focus on national health reform under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Additionally, the Fourth Edition offers:
- A unique chapter on the social determinants of health and the role of law in improving health.
- New content related to health reform; the healthcare system; the ACA’s effect on Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP; and incentivizing healthcare quality and private payer reform efforts.
- A significantly revised chapter on Public Health Preparedness Policy, reflecting an increased focus on natural disasters, controlling infectious diseases, and military emergencies.
- A how-to chapter on writing a policy analysis offers readers step-by-step instructions and examples for writing a policy brief.
- Valuable instructor’s resources, including PowerPoint slides, test questions for each chapter, blog post updates, and more.
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. Wilenskyhas 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.
Joel Teitelbaum, JD, LLM, is Professor and 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.