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1Health Law and RegulationsCrystal ChristianHCS/545October 17, 2016Professor Charles Barron
2Health Law and RegulationsThroughout the decades, health care has emerged into a distinct and extremely complex entity. The uniqueness of its complexity has been compared time after time to that of the health care in other nations. As the United States health care system continues to grow and expand, the expansion of insurance occurs as well as, the involvement of governmental connections, reliance of advancing technology, and the expenditures of what healthcare would bring upon the United States population. This brought about the greater need for accountability for services rendered at that healthcare institution (Morrison, 2011).Health care regulatory agencies have also have had to rapidly stay up to date with the evolving healthcare fields. The American College of Surgeons instituted a standardization of practices in the health care fields. This later advanced with various other adjoining forces into what we know today as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals. In 1987, this entity then evolved into the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). This accrediting agency had influences among the ambulatory care, assisted living, home health, behavioral health, laboratories, long term care, as well as outpatient and office basedsurgeries (Morrison, 2011).The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations was developed toset a standard of care that held accountability for these types of services. This then assisted in rolling out the initiative to have hospitals provide the same level of quality care to the patients they served from the community, which in turn provided safety standards toward the care of the patients. During the initial stages of accrediting when the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations was first developed, they would base their results on hospitals self-scoring. As time passed on, hospitals expansion became more common, and the status of being accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations began to
3receive a higher level of respect, and the assessment phase took on a new level of involvement (Morrison, 2011).The assessment phase of accrediting focused more on quality indicators. The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations then developed a new format calledORYX system to document performance outcomes. As more data was collected, the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations decided to deeply focus on the importance on patient safety and decreasing medical errors. This is still a significant main focus ofthe examiners in present day.