1Health Law and Regulations PaperYu-Fan MaHCS/545October 5, 2015Debbie Laughon
2Health Law and RegulationsHealth care in the United States has changed over the years. More health policies and regulations developed following the current health reform. The major duty of government is to preserve public health. It plays important role in different regulatory bodies and agencies, to fulfill this duty for this particular goal; such as enforcing the health law, defining the policy and guidelines, and also implementing programs to provide human services to the public. Role of Governmental Regulatory AgenciesGovernment agencies create regulations under the authority of Congress to help government carry out public policy (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2015). In health care, “the regulatory agencies (federal, state, or local level) monitor health care providers and facilities, provide information about industry changes, promote safety and ensure legal compliance and quality services (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2015). The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) plays a role to “enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services” (U.S. Department of Health &Human Services, 2015). Additionally, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) arethe federal level of governmental agencies within the Department of HHS. CMS have been covering healthcare for more than 50 years. They work with health care providers to ensure quality and efficient care for those who have the disability or low income (Healthcare IT News, 2015).They make Americans healthier by preventing illness by offering them accesses to health care services to avoid preventable illness, such as vaccinations, well-baby visits, etc. (CMS.gov, 2015). They also provide health care coding, e.g. ICD-10 that is recently launched in health care industry determining the appropriate treatment to meet the medical necessity.
3Examples of Laws and RegulationsThe United States Congress passed a law in 1996, called The Health Insurance Portability, and Accountability (HIPAA) is primarily designed to improve the flow of health information. This law regulated the use of patient records and other Protected Health Information(PHI). The DHHS oversees the compliance and violations of HIPAA
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