HEALTH LAW AND REGULATIONS 1 Health Law and Regulations Sheri Anderson HCS/545-Health Law and Ethics September 29, 2014 Kenneth Pincus
HEALTH LAW AND REGULATIONS 2 Health Law and Regulations Health care professionals are entrusted with the health and lives of Americans every day. American society does not impart this responsibility lightly because health care professional are held to strict health laws and regulations. The government has involvement in controlling these laws and regulations, which influence and enforce the delivery of care in America. This paper will cover governmental regulatory agencies and the impact it has on the health care industry. It further will investigate laws and regulations currently faced by the health care industry. This paper will also detail an analysis of the impact of these laws on the provider, hospital or clinic. It equally will provide examples of specific cases and the effect it has on current life and within the community. Governmental Regulatory Agencies The array of regulations that govern health care can seem overwhelming to people who work in the industry. Almost every aspect of the field is overseen by one regulatory body or another, and sometimes by several. Health care professionals may feel that they spend more time complying with rules that direct their work than actually doing the work itself. Although, health care in America has come a long way throughout history. The American health care system has become more advanced and developed with new innovations. There are many aspects and areas of regulation relating to healthcare, including the regulations of physicians and practitioners, financiers, drug and healthcare products, healthcare institutions, hospitals, and public health and research facilities. With healthcare being one of the most regulated industries in America, every aspect of the system is subject to inspection by federal and state level.
HEALTH LAW AND REGULATIONS 3 Over the years Americans have witness increasing costs and declining quality care and demands answers to the problems. For centuries, governmental regulatory agencies have defined health care legislation and they are the ones who ensure they are fulfilled. The government gives these agencies the ability to make and enforce laws and regulations and handle issues with health care. Governmental regulatory agencies protect and maintain quality care and work to improve access and affordability for Americans. Moreover, governmental regulatory agencies protect and maintain quality care and work to improve access and affordability for Americans. Both negative and positive effects have occurred over time adding to increasing health care costs and adding to society’s debt. Despite the complicated and inefficient nature of the negative effects by the governing agency they still appears to be beneficial. Field (2008), “…American healthcare has flourished over the past hundred years. Rather than hindering its progress, the complex system of regulation, for all of its flaws, may actually have served to support and nurture the overall enterprise…” (para. 15).
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