Essay on Health Law and Regulations

1364 Words Oct 28th, 2011 6 Pages
Health Law and Regulations
Crystal Young
HCS 545
October 3, 2011 Louise Underdahl

Health Care Regulation Regulation plays a major role in the healthcare industry and healthcare insurance coverage. Through various regulatory bodies, the Department of Health and Human Services protects the public from a number of health risks while providing programs for public health and welfare. Agencies like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and many others protect and regulate public health
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The legislative role is to enact laws necessary to safeguard the population from harms and promote health (e.g., food and drug purity, occupational health and safety, and a healthy environment) (Gostin 2000, p.2838). At the federal level, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services oversees all legislation involving healthcare. The department also oversees national licensures that moderate the industry to ensure the quality of services provided across the nation is consistent across the board. Their main objectives are to enhance availability of healthcare services and affordability as well as better quality of healthcare. The public healthcare service has many agencies that deal with the regulation of healthcare. State have their own ways of extending their control, however, they do no regulate issues of healthcare that may relate to large national employers due to preemption. Preemption is the displacement of U.S. State law by U.S. Federal law (Field, 2007).
Examples of the Regulations’ Impact on Healthcare Delivery Government regulatory measures greatly influence the healthcare system as a whole. The influences include availability and cost of services, institutions and practitioners, and the quality of medical services offered. The influences have been mostly positive, but they also have had negative effects related to the other aspects of the healthcare industry. This

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