Major regulations and agencies that oversee the health care industry

Major regulations and agencies that oversee the health care industry

Introduction

In the contemporary healthcare industry, regulation plays a fundamental role in streamlining the implementation of major programs and sustaining positive patient outcomes and experiences. These regulations cuts across federal, state, and local government and can identify related health risks and effective mitigation strategies. Accordingly, the subsequent presentation identifies such relevant regulations overseeing healthcare delivery at various levels.

One agency overseeing health care delivery within the health care industry

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) is one of the agencies overseeing healthcare delivery processes. The CDC is responsible for examining public health issues and issuing warnings of possible threats from contagious conditions. Overall, the agency protects Americans from various health, safety, and security concerns and threats, both domestic and foreign. Notably, the agency is available at the Federal level. However, it coordinates various health programs at national, local, and international levels. The website link: https://www.cdc.gov/

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The agency is currently liaising with national, local, and international health organizations such as the WHO to control the transmission and spread of the Ebola virus. The figure below captures the agency’s current involvement in controlling the outbreak.

 

Healthcare structures that must comply

  • Local hospitals in the United States
  • Local State health departments in the country

Effects on healthcare

  • The CDC conducts and supports various healthcare promotion processes
  • The agency facilitates the prevention strategies, enhances preparedness towards various emergencies, and ensuring overall improvement in public health
  • Supports various local and state healthcare delivery plans
  • Mitigate the impacts of deadly diseases such as Ebola on the population
  • Monitors the progression of the disease outbreaks in a particular region
  • Provides advisory opinions on health-related issues to U.S. citizens traveling to different countries

Healthcare regulation that has an impact on health care delivery

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has massive impacts on the contemporary healthcare industry. The AHRQ is under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The primary role of the agency is to facilitate the provision of important healthcare services to U.S. citizens. It addresses cost-related issues, patient safety concerns, and minimizes common medical errors.

Markedly, the agency is available at the Federal level and coordinates related programs with the primary aim of improving the safety and quality of care in the American healthcare system. The website link:

The website link: https://www.ahrq.gov/

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In 2017, the AHRQ organized a summit on learning healthcare systems to understand and address the needs of some of its major stakeholders such as research firms and federal and state government entities.

Healthcare structures that must comply

  • Local hospitals in the United States
  • Local State health departments in the country
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must assess and understand the evidence generated by the AHRQ

Effects on healthcare

  • Developing knowledge, methods, and data relevant in improving and strengthening the contemporary healthcare system
  • Supporting healthcare professionals and policymakers in the U.S. to make informed decisions on different medication
  • Facilitates the production of evidence-based reports to make healthcare safer and of higher quality
  • Ensure prompt, equitable, and affordable access to important healthcare service
  • Creating tools and strategies to help healthcare agencies to deliver high-value services
  • Suggest different opportunities for improvement

Conclusion

  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) are having massive impacts on the United States healthcare industry
  • Local hospitals in the United States and Local State health departments in the country must adhere to the regulations stipulated by the agencies
  • Both the AHRQ and the CDC are fundamental in safeguarding and strengthening patients’ health and safety

References

AHRQ. (2018) About Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Retrieved from https://www.ahrq.gov/cpi/about/mission/index.html

CDC. (2018). About Center for Disease Control and Prevention Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/about/organization/mission.htm