How Does Federal Health Policy Work?

  • Lyle B. DennisEmail author


Many clinicians and researchers find the basics of federal health policy, much less the subtleties and nuances, to be an enormous mystery. It has its own nomenclature; it operates on schedules that do not seem to follow a normal calendar; there are shorthand abbreviations and processes that represent a universe unto themselves. Yet, just as the practice of medicine appears unfathomable to first-year students, federal health policy is a mystery that can be understood with greater familiarity and a little effort.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis AssociatesWashingtonUSA

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