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Prescription for the Future

The Twelve Transformational Habits of Highly Effective Medical Care

Ezekiel J. Emanuel

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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Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Ezekiel J. Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Dr. Emanuel was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and held that position until August of 2011. Until January 2011, he served as a Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. He is a breast oncologist and author of several books, including Healthcare Guaranteed and Reinventing American Healthcare (both PublicAffairs). ... More

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