The Legacy Of President Harry S. Truman Essay

809 Words Jun 15th, 2015 4 Pages
In 1965, in the presence of President Harry S. Truman considered to be the real Father of Medicare, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law as part of the Social Security Amendments of 1965. The intent of this national health insurance program was to provide health insurance to Americans over the age of 65 and to younger persons with certain disabilities. According to Wager, Lee and Glaser (2013), in 1972, another historical piece of federal legislation was passed that required hospitals “be reviewed and certified in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs” (p. 70-71). A minimum set of standards was developed by CMS, formerly the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), to fulfill the legislative requirement that facilities be surveyed and certified by the federal government. This minimum set of standards (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 42, Chapter IV, Subchapter G, Part 482) is known as the CMS Conditions of Participation for Hospitals (CoP). Another piece of federal legislation with historical distinction is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The Administrative Simplification provisions of HIPAA legislation (Code of Federal Regulations Title 45, §160 and §164) required establishment of national standards for electronic health care transactions and addressed security and privacy of health data, these are known as the Privacy Rule and Security Rule. Although the intent of these pieces of health…

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