In Review: 'Jonas & Kovner's Health Delivery in the United States'

In Review: 'Jonas & Kovner's Health Delivery in the United States'

" 'Jonas & Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States' is one of the best-known and longest-standing (first edition, 1977) compendiums on the unique problems of US health care policy. And with good reason -- like other grand textbooks such as Harrison's for internal medicine, Guyton's for psychology, or Robbins' for pathology, this text authoritatively demonstrates the breadth and depth of current foundational knowledge of its field."

So begins a complimentary Journal of the American Medical Association online review of the now classic textbook (New York: Springer, 2008, 9th ed.) edited by NYU Wagner Professor Anthony Kovner and Wagner alumnus James R. Knickman. The book has sold has sold more than 300,000 copies since its publication in 1977.

"[D]espite the considerable expertise presented," according to the review written by S. Ryan Greysen, MD, Department of Health Policy, George Washington University, "the text remains approachable for professionals in health care delivery or policy, whether novices or masters in the field."

To read the review, click below.

June 3 on NBC's 'Meet the Press': Bob Shrum Gives First Q&A on His New Book, 'No Excuses'

June 3 on NBC's 'Meet the Press': Bob Shrum Gives First Q&A on His New Book, 'No Excuses'

On Sunday, June 3, Bob Shrum, Senior Fellow at NYU Wagner, gives his first interview on his much-anticipated book, "No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner." Remember to tune in, or check in soon with Wagner's home page, at, for access to a complete transcript. Tim Russert is moderator of "Meet the Press" on NBC. The show is seen from 9-10 a.m. in most markets. In Washington, D.C. and New York City, however, the broadcast is seen from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

On Tuesday, June 12, Wagner will present a public forum on the book, featuring the author. Professor Shrum is a veteran poltical consultant who began his career as a speechwriter for John Lindsay and most recently worked as a campaign strategist for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. RSVP at or call 212.998.7546.

Kovner-Behrman Health Forum Focuses on Coordination of Cancer Care

Kovner-Behrman Health Forum Focuses on Coordination of Cancer Care

Established by NYU Wagner Professor Anthony Kovner in 1996, the annual Kovner-Behrman Health Forum focused on “Coordination of Cancer Care: The Patient Perspective” on April 20, with a discussion featuring Associate Professor Ingrid M. Nembhard of the School of Public Health and the School of Public Management at Yale and Ethan Basch, an oncologist and Director of Cancer Outcomes Research at the University of North Carolina.

Sherry Glied, Dean of NYU Wagner, offered words of welcome, while Professor Kovner set the tone with emotional remarks. Speaking to more than 100 attendees, he recalled his parents’ and brother’s struggle with cancer, and emphasized the life-and-death importance of the evening’s topic for so many, from the standpoint of cancer patients and their loved ones in particular.

The featured guests illuminated the challenging, evolving world of coordinated care in cancer treatment, citing growing interest among healthcare organizations and medical providers in new approaches.

They described pioneering innovations, such as: nurse navigators who help individuals with cancer to coordinate their  treatment; computer tablets for gathering and  sharing knowledge about a patient's diagnosis  and progress across all of his or her caretakers;  performance-based bonus payments for hospitals  that streamline costs through intensive care  coordination and management; and relational  skills building exercises to foster a greater degree  of mutual respect and communication between the patient and providers.

Many of these approaches still require additional study and development, while others are already in use, though not uniformly. The challenge will be to demonstrate their value and bring the most promising ones to scale. The 19th annual Kovner-Behrman Health Forum, in focusing on the issue of care coordination, marked an important step in this direction.

“The current model of care delivery does not have the patient at its center,” lamented Dr. Basch. But he, and Professor Nembhard, both described a rising level of interest in care coordination, notable instances of success around the country, and even, as Basch put it, a nascent “cultural change to bring the patient to the center of care.”


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