Paper on Operations and Risks Management in Healthcare

Question 1

Some laws differ from state to state and may be controversial. One such legislation revolves around the unwanted resuscitation of terminally ill patients at home or hospice settings. End of life care is a critical issue that has caused divided opinions around the nation. The controversy surrounding the law regards the withdrawal of care for the terminally ill patients with their consent. The regulation is contentious because some people believe that it is immoral, goes against religious teaching, and opens the door for the devaluation of human life among others. On the contrary, some believe that it is an act of mercy that saves individuals from pain and significantly reduced quality of life.

Question 2

One should attend state congressional debates and committee hearings to access legislative materials, such as white paper. One can also consult legislative resources, including the committee reports to access the materials. These national legislative resources provide insight into the legislative intent of a particular law useful for effective implementation of legislation in an organization. One of the major barriers faced in the implementation of legislation is resistance from the political class because of selfish interests or the public who might have opinions about the law’s adverse impacts.

Question 3

One of the regulatory agencies and bodies that protect and regulate public health is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The organization oversees the provision of government-subsidized medical care through a multiple of programs. It ensures that healthcare settings effectively comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). CMS promotes the reduction of the cost of medical care as well as improvement in the quality of care services delivered to patients. Additionally, it makes sure that healthcare settings maintain a healthy environment favorable for the care workers, patients, and the facilities as a whole. Thus, the safety of the health professionals and patients, as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of an organization’s healthcare system, are guaranteed. The second health regulatory body is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). AHRQ oversees that the quality of health care and safety of patients and care workers are effectively maintained. It establishes ethical guidelines and considerations to reduce and eliminate medical errors that may be ineffective to patients’ and healthcare workers’ safety and the efficiency of an entity’s healthcare system. The third supervisory body is the Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ), which ensures that a high quality of healthcare is maintained within healthcare settings. OHCQ also educates the public, care workers, and healthcare management persons on the importance of maintaining a healthy environment to maintain safety.

Question 4

CMS conducts regular audits on various health departments in healthcare settings. Its audits countercheck compliance of each health department with HIPAA regulations, inclusive of the quality, safety, and effectiveness of both clinical and non-clinical care services. It has impacted my health department by maintaining an efficient and effective healthcare system. For instance, a healthcare organization complies with the CMS mandates by providing safe, efficient, and equitable patient-centered care for her clients.

Question 5

For effective management of my accreditation team, I would conduct regular assessments for the project. I would also coordinate the development and implementation of the strategies as well as the involvement of staff in the accreditation process. Moreover, I would maintain an effective document management approach for the identified or selected procedure for the project.