Health Law and Regulations XXX HCS/545 March 9, 2015 Patricia A. Kiley 1
Health Law and Regulations Over the past decade health care laws and regulations have defined how patient information and security is provide within the twenty-first (21 st ) century. Patient health information and their privacy rights is what protect the patient’s information through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rules. “The Privacy Rule generally permits, but does not require, covered health care providers to give patients the choice as to whether their health information may be disclosed to others for certain key purposes. These key purposes include treatment, payment, and health care operations” ("Health Information Privacy Law And Policy", 2014). With the Health Care Insurance Portability and Accountability Act patient’s have the right to opt in or opt out if the provider permits, how the patient information can be exchange through Electronic Health Information Exchange (eHIE), which will allow the patient to make an informed choice as to how their information is used, under (HIPPA) your information is more privacy protected under this law and all health care organizations must adhere to all state and federal laws as pertaining pertinent sensitive patient information. Governmental regulatory agencies and its impact on the health care industry. The impact that government regulatory agencies have on the health care industry is to monitor and control health care through various regulatory bodies such as: Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and those agencies that serve as a surveillance team which are, The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), which is responsible for making sure patients are provided quality care and The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which ensure the management of quality care. 2
“In all countries where health care access is considered a social right, regulation is both a tool of performance improvement as well as an instrument of social justice. Both social (equity in access) and economical (promoting competition) regulation are at stake due to the nature of the good itself. Different modalities of regulation do exist and usually new regulatory cycles include
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