Author, physician, and bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel is one of our country’s leading thinkers on healthcare reform. In Prescription for the Future, he delineates how physicians, practices, hospitals, and health systems can truly transform themselves to provide exceptional patient care.
Using vivid examples and cases studies collected from nearly 20 successfully-transformed medical organizations and companies nationwide, Emanuel highlights the 12 key practices necessary for transformation. These range from open-access scheduling and chronic care management for high-cost patients, to integrating behavioral health services and providing identifiable, comparative performance measurement. Recognizing that no organization can enact all 12 practices simultaneously, Emanuel also separates the transformational practices into three tiers of differing priority.
This book will be an essential guide for physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, and health policy experts hoping to propel themselves into the future of American health care. By providing practical guidance, the case examples help for organizations beginning their transformational journey.
Most importantly, the transformational practices outlined in the book will assist patients and their families in choosing their own physicians and ensuring they receive high-quality, compassionate care.
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“There are thoughtful doctors, savvy policy makers, and profound scholars of morality. Zeke Emanuel is the only person in America who is all three.”
Lawrence H. Summers, former secretary of the Treasury of the United States