There have been many instances of unauthorized viewing of medical records. Unauthorized viewing of patient records is a violation HIPAA. The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires that “protected health information should not be used or disclosed when it is not necessary to satisfy a particular purpose or carry out a function” (Health and Human Services.gov). The case study in which Joe, a staff member accessed medical information after he was allowed access to the hospital to change lightbulbs and the case study in which the daughter of a nurse accessed medical information as a result of the mother leaving the computer unlocked and unattended, are HIPAA violations (i.e both people accessed the medical information illegally). Joe was tasked with changing a lightbulb, but was curious about a patient he knew on a personal level, his neighbor. Joe intentionally accessed his neighbor’s patient file at an empty workstation after the nurse manager neglected to log out or lock the computer before walking away.
What Obamacare stands for wasn’t some average healthcare plan, it was a solution to a growing problem of people that did not have any access to affordable healthcare. Obamacare is known in two parts: The Patient Protection Act and the Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Affordable Care Act was signed into law on march 24th, 2010
On March 23, 2010, the former President signed a law called the Affordable Health Care Act, also known to everyone as ObamaCare. The Affordable Care Act didn’t happen until January 1, 2014. The goal for the Affordable Health Care Act was: expanding coverage, hold insurance companies accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more choices, and enhance the quality of care for all Americans.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ‘Obamacare’ was the expansion of Medicaid program across the states. Charles Barrilleaux and Carlisle Rainey look at why state government have opted out of the Medicaid expansion. They find that Obama’s 2012 vote share and the governor’s partisanship better explains the disapproval to Medicaid expansion, rather than measures of need, such as life expectancy or the number of people that are uninsured. Charles Barrilleaux and Carlisle Rainey find that a Republican governor is a higher percentage point more likely to oppose the expansion than Democratic governors. Whereas, the results show that the percentage uninsured in the state to have a small positive effect on the probability of opposition.
Affordable Care Act (ACA) is comprehensive health care reform law passed by President Barack Obama on March 2010, is also named as Obamacare. This act has 3 primary goals; first, make health insurance available to more people who are in the line of the federal poverty level, second, expand the medical program to cover all adults and third, generally lower the costs of health care. The law also aims to expand private and public insurance coverage, and regulating the insurance industry. This paper discusses about some of the benefit of ACA and drawback of the act.
The affordable care act presented the United States with the most extensive overhaul since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960’s. The act was a response to staggering statistics on the price of healthcare and the resulting uninsured rate within the United States. The affordable care act uses Individual Mandate and Health Insurance Exchanges to combat major factors causing high insurance cost and low insured rates.
The Affordable Healthcare Act promotes preventative health care for Americans and in return increases the number of individuals taking improved measures of precaution when it comes to their health. The utilization of mid-level practitioners, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants would progressively benefit the delivery of primary care. NPs and PAs are more cost effective, provide coverage for the increasing amount of new people requiring health coverage, and require less liability risk cost when compared to a physician’s rate. According to Shell (2013), “Partly driving this change is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which will extend health care coverage to approximately 30 million more individuals, most of whom have not been
America’s health care reform has come quite a ways from what it was a century ago. Before the 1900s, we see an intimate patient-doctor relationship, where anything involving health care was just between the patient and doctor. Doctors would bill patients for the services given and patients would pay the doctor for those services out of pocket. Health care has evolved from simplicity to “governmental institutions, controls, health care programs, drug regulations, and medical insurance” (Randolph, n.d., p. 1).
Critics have claimed that the ACA overlooked the need to reform the delivery system in our nation so as to constrain its costs and improve its quality. A careful examination of the law, however, shows that it constitutes one of the most aggressive efforts in the history of the nation to address the problems of the delivery system. Just over 5 years ago, on March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. Its enactment may constitute the most important event of the Obama presidency and could fundamentally affect the future of health care in the United States. From a historical perspective, 5 years is a very short time, far too short to assess definitively the
With Obamacare the idea of a universal system of healthcare, it is finally obtainable. It is illegal to go without healthcare in the United States. The Affordable Health Care Act, implemented by the Obama Administration in 2014, gave healthcare to all individuals in the United States. The Obamacare Individual Mandate forces Obamacare under penalty of law. If a person does not apply for Obamacare, and therefore, have no healthcare. A penalty tax will be imposed on your yearly income. Kathryn Nix writes in an article titled, ‘Obamacare the Impact on the Uninsured’ she writes that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is reporting that the new health care law will decrease the number of uninsured in 2019 by 32 million. It is estimated that nearly
The Affordable Health Care Act was signed into effect on March 23, 2010 signed by Barack
A further problem associated with the costs of Obamacare is the enormous overhead which the production, maintenance, and general administration of the program requires. As Dan Mangan points out, the overhead costs associated with the development and implementation run upwards of $270 billion. In developing this point, Mangan writes, “The overhead cost [of Obamacare] equals a whopping 22.5 percent of the estimated $2.76 trillion in all federal government spending for the Affordable Care Act programs during that time . . . In contrast, the federal government’s traditional Medicare program has an overhead of just 2 percent” (Mangan, 2015). To a considerable extent, the massively large overhead that has historically come to be associated with Obamacare comes from the
You are absolutely right . We, as medical providers have a widely acknowledged role in improving health and preventing illness. Every interaction with a patient is an opportunity to improve long-term health. I think that partnering with other local services, such as pharmacies, schools and community groups , we can can ensure that the 'whole is greater than the sum of the parts' in the fight to improve health and well-being in the community.
Health care in America is not obtainable to every person, between price, availability and even lack of knowledge there are gaps. It is the American people that suffer, both those with coverage and those without alike. There are several aspects of health care economics that concern the public population. There are reforms that are designed to help, but there are still people that want no part of them. Universal health care coverage could be the solution to these problems that affect many of the United State 's population.