Ahrq Health Law and Regulation

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AHRQ Health Law and Regulations Shelia Y. Janice HCS/545 Donna Lupinacci RN, MSN January 22, 2013 AHRQ-Health Law and Regulations Today we will have the pleasure of learning about the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This government agency is tasked with improving safety, quality, effectiveness and efficiency in the health care system. We will examine the role of this governmental regulatory agency and the impact it has on the health care industry, current laws and regulations being faced by the AHRQ and the impact these laws and regulations have on providers and hospitals. Once we are done learning, we will all be able to relate situations we see or have seen in our own lives and communities. AHRQ…show more content…
The PSDA further requires institutions to document patient information and provide ongoing community education on advance directives. (Ascension Health, 2013). An example of this Act is the very popular Nancy Cruzan Case. Although Nancy was left in a vegetative state resulting from a car accident, her parents were able to make the decision to have her removed from feeding tubes because Nancy expressed before the accident that she never wanted to be kept alive from breathing or feeding tubes. This Act really promotes Advanced Directives and hospitals, clinics and other providers that receive Medicare or Medicaid funds to provide patients with written information about their right and the information must clearly state the institutions policies on withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment. (Santa Clara University, 2010). There is a positive impact on hospitals or clinics, providers and insurers in that they are all responsible for giving information on the rights of patients when they get admitted. Adult patients must be provided with written information by the healthcare facility about decision making in health and this is based on informed consent. Personal Life or Community Effects Both The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and The Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA), have played a part in the personal life of the author
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