Some physicians prefer to have all laboratory tests performed by a reference laboratory, this would mean a laboratory that is owned and operated by an organization outside the practice. Medical Assistant must know common laboratory equipment, safety in the laboratory, steps to prevent accidents. The impact of CLIA’88 is the quality assurance, quality control procedures, and record keeping, the role of laboratory testing in patient care were to be analysis of blood, urine, and other body fluids such as identifying diseases or other problems, confirm or contradict initial diagnosis, determine and monitor dosage of a medication. Kinds of laboratories Reference laboratory, outside the practice, Technological resources, Frees staff for patient care
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was created in 1996 to protect patient’s information as it is being used to create a higher quality of care for the individual. HIPAAs biggest aspect is the creation and management of electronic medical transactions. When we think of HIPAA we normally think mainly about patient documentation, but HIPAA includes coding. The Medical Coding and Billing Organization tells us that HIPAA’s effect covers to almost every part of the medical billing process, from how records are kept and retrieved to how codes are used in generating claims. Ethics in Medical Coding is the same ethics that cover everything else.
Other than HIPAA, Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is a major federal policy initiative that affects the healthcare information technology (HIT) in the past years. However, its policy is used to protect the EHR system from a security breach that can cause multi-million dollar fines to the company (Campus Safety Magazine, 2010). In 2009, President Obama signed HITECH Act as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with authority, so it can establish programs that will improve healthcare quality, safety, and efficiency using HIT (Hebda & Czar, 2013). Certainly, HITECH is one of the significant health care reforms that have a major
The bill was referred back to committee and was reintroduced in October of 2013 as House Bill 1746. This bill was referred to as the “Nurse Violence Prevention Act.” The goals and objectives of the bill require Pennsylvania hospitals and other health care facilities to take pro-active steps to protect nurses and other healthcare workers from violence on the job. The bill will require hospitals to assess the security risks in their facilities, find ways to create a safer workplace and help victims of violence report incidents. This bill was designed to help facilities develop strategies to address it’s own safety risks, such as; training level of security personnel, building design and lighting, staffing levels, and a hospital culture of safety (Cong. Rec., 2011).
When the Hospital Standardization Program established their initial set of minimum standards, one of the prescriptive measures required healthcare organizations to maintain medical records for patient treatment. The necessity of creating, and preserving a detailed account of a patient’s history, laboratory results, and treatment seems rudimentary today. The Hospital Standardization Program made significant advances in enforcing proper documentation. Building on that legacy, TJC strengthened standards involving appropriate medical documentation by including strict timelines for completion. For example, TJC mandates a patient’s History and Physical (H&P) report be completed within 24 hours of admission.
The designing and formulation of strategies which can rightly address the above recognized health issues and priorities. The third major function is to facilitate health promotion and services at a cost effective price. The workers in public health domain supports and endorse practices which enhances public health and good health practice in a larger community. The current report provides 3 public health issues, the health promotion strategies maintained to curb those issues and response to those strategies. The three issues discussed in this report are – Tobacco use and Depression from Australian perspective and HIV from international
The Health Care Affordable Act is a health care reform policy that guarantees all citizens the right to health care. According to the American Nurses Association website, “the American Nurses Association has been advocating for health care reforms that would guarantee access to high-quality health care for all. With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), millions of people have greater protection against losing or being denied health insurance coverage, and better access to primary and preventive services. ANA recognizes the debate of health care is not over, and remains committed to educating the nursing public about how the changing system impacts our lives and our profession” (American Nurses Association, 2016, P.1). The Health Affordable Act has had a major impact on my practice, in relations to, providing holistic care to the community that seeks health care.
In order to improve the quality of care and patients safety, the employee should operate within their scope of practice. Due to the incident which took place earlier, I would make sure the correct policy and procedure are put in place to eliminate any unauthorized staff from prescribing any form of medication. Medical assistants (MAs), are not license to prescribe medication (American association of medical assistants, 2017). The MAs administrative duties and clinical duties will be clearly outlined in the policy and procedure book. As the nurse practitioner, I would initiate a telephone triage line, which will give the patient access to a licensed personnel after hours.
Over the past three decades, the United States federal government has been attempting to use legislation for health care reform in an effort to control rising costs and to expand insurance coverage for all Americans. There were several heated debates and failures along the way, with the ultimate overhaul expansion of health care that took place during the 111th Congress culminating in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or as known to the general public as Obamacare. The ACA is a 2,400-page bill that was passed along party lines and signed in to law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The bill encompasses several facets of various government agencies including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Health and
For example, the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is two that are significant however, not the only two policy issues that have raised national attention. A question of should the federal and state governments have control of healthcare policy or the question of the policies generally supported by both parties? Healthcare reform was mainly put in place to ban the insurers’ from discrimination against pre-existing conditions, limits on age discrimination, and the elimination of lifetime caps. The health care system in the United States consists of a network of physicians, patients, hospitals, insurers, employers, regulators, and stakeholders. With a significant change that can impact one component can reshape the entire system.
Susan Mckinney Week 3 MOS 1 Discussion Thread What measures can be taken to guarantee the security of EHRs? So many things can be done to insure the safety of patients Electronic Health Records (EHR). In order to ensure their protection HIPAA has instituted the Privacy and Security Rules that pertain to the safeguard of the Administrative, Physical, and Technical aspect to a patients EHRs. This insures that your provider puts into place measurements that guard against any unauthorized use of a patients PHI. Administrative Safeguards: HIPAA requires providers to have policies and procedures that are in place that protect the patients security, privacy and confidentiality.
All healthcare facilities have the duty to protect their patient’s health information. This is ensured through the Health Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) (Health and Human Services (HHS), 2015). When HIPAA is violated, there are civil and criminal penalties that will be charged against the offender (American Medical Association (AMA), n.d.). The purpose of this post is to discuss HIPAA laws and penalties. I will also discuss the charges pressed against Dr. Zhou for violating HIPAA laws.