What are the responsibilities of health care providers

What are the responsibilities of health care providers

Financial Effects of Governmental Regulations. Explain and evaluate two mandated or proposed policies from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (C.M.S.) or any other branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the past three years that could have a substantial financial effect on a health care provider (e.g., doctor, hospital, long-term health care facility, pharmaceutical company). Describe the policies and explain the potential effects. Is the effect positive or negative? Explain your answer.
Cost Containment and Malpractice Claims Article Review. Health care costs have become a major issue of concern in the U.S. and defensive medicine practices have become a topic of increased interest among a variety of stakeholders. For this assignment, please visit the Ashford University Library and read the Hermer and Brody article titled “Defensive medicine, cost containment, and reform.” Identify the ways to contain health care costs as well as the potential to reduce costs associated with malpractice claims.
Analyze the following:
1. The major points covered in the article.
2. The pros and cons of Tort Reform and the practice of defensive medicine.
3. The implications of Tort Reform on the practice of defensive medicine, quality of care, and health care costs.
4. The authors position on Tort Reform. Discuss whether you agree or disagree with the authors opinion on Tort Reform and support your position.
5. At least three major stakeholders involved in Tort Reform, their roles, and general positions on the issues discussed in your paper.
This assignment provides an opportunity to gain understanding of two unique issues, the Tort reform and defensive medicine practices. In addition, you will discover how these two issues may contribute to the rising health care costs as well as the delivery of quality health care services from the perspectives of various stakeholders.
Nationwide Health Information Network (N.H.I.N.). Locate the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology found on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. Identify and describe at least three initiatives that have been taken by the Office of the National Coordinator to promote the nationwide exchange of health data. How will these initiatives contribute to improved quality, safety, and efficiency of health care? Which of these initiatives do you consider most significant? Explain your answer.
Technology and Health Care. The use of technology has become a major driving force in the delivery of health care services, as well as an area of economic and ethical concern. What is the relationship between technology, health care, and ethics? Can technology have both a positive and a negative impact for health care providers and other stakeholders, such as patients? Has technology changed the role of the health care administrator? Explain your answer.
Regulatory Analysis: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Care (H.I.T.E.C.H.) Act. The use of technology has become a major driving force for many stakeholders in the health care industry; the HITECH Act is expected to play a major role in advancement. View the video The HITECH Act: Electronic Health Records and Meaningful Use and address the following:
1. What are the major provisions and objectives of the H.I.T.E.C.H. Act?
2. What are the key requirements of the H.I.T.E.C.H. Act for health care providers?
3. What are the responsibilities of health care providers toward “meaningful use”?
4. What are at least three challenges that health care providers may confront in taking advantage of the provisions of the H.I.T.E.C.H. Act?
5. What role, if any, do you think organizations, such as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the American Medical Association (AMA), should play in the H.I.T.E.C.H. Act? Are they considered stakeholders? Why or why not?
6. Is the enactment of the H.I.T.E.C.H. Act an appropriate role for government? Support your opinion.
7. What do you predict will be the outcome of the H.I.T.E.C.T. Act in the next five years and why?

 

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