Health Law and Regulations Paper

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Health Law and Regulations Anikki Manasseh Health Law and Ethics HCS/545 Shawna Butler November 3, 2014 Health Law and Regulations This paper will explain the role of governmental regulatory agencies and its impact on the health care agencies. Discuss examples of laws currently faced by the health care industry and the impact of these laws on the hospital. Health care regulatory agencies monitor health care practitioners and facilities, provides information about industry changes, promote safety and ensure legal compliance and quality service. Federal, state and local regulatory agencies often establish rules and regulations for the health care industry and their oversight is mandatory. Some agencies such as those for accreditation are voluntary but are important because they provide ranking or certification of quality. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for the oversight of drugs, medical devices, vaccines, blood products and biologics, establishing rules for testing, clinical trials and approval of new products. The FDA monitors safety, medical errors and adverse reactions to treatments, alerting the health care industry. The FDA also monitors food products to ensure safety of the food supply. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is a federal agency under Health and Human Services working to improve the quality, effectiveness and safety of health care. AHRQ gathers information in surveys; funds research projects and provide evidence based practiced guidelines for healthcare practitioners. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) work with health care providers to ensure quality, efficient and cost-effective care for those who are older adults, disabled or low income. CMS establishes reimbursement levels and standards of care and works to modernize the health care industry such as by implementing electronic
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