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Health Care in the United States: Organization, Management, and Policy by Howard P. Greenwald

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PART 2
MEANS OF DELIVERY
The U.S. health care system employs a large number of organizations and a vast labor force to accomplish the tasks that were outlined in Part One. Health care organizations include ambulatory practice settings, hospitals, mental health facilities, nursing homes, and many more. Most significant business in the United States is conducted in formal organizations, recognizable by physical facilities, specialized job descriptions, and organizational charts. Health care organizations, however, encounter distinct challenges in carrying out their tasks. The professional independence enjoyed by physicians and nurses reduces the ability of managers to exercise command and control. Health care organizations are highly visible institutions, ...

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