Health Law and Regulations
Governmental Regulatory Agencies
A regulatory agency is a government body formed or mandated under the term of a legislative act to ensure compliance with the provisions of the act, and in carrying out its purpose. “The role of government regulatory agencies in health care is to monitor health care practitioners and facilities, provide information about industry changes, promote safety and ensure a legal compliance and quality services” (2013). Health care industry rules and regulations are determined by regulatory agencies, local, federal and state with mandatory oversight. Accreditation agencies require participation that is voluntary because certification of quality provides important ranking. Large private organization and the government help develop and enforce health care regulations.
Governmental regulatory agencies in health care are the “Food and Drug Administration (FDA), The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)” (2013). Regulatory agencies serve different purposes, “the oversight of drugs, medical devices, vaccines, blood products, and biologics, establishing rules for testing, clinical trials, approval of new products. Monitoring of safety, medical errors and adverse reactions to treatments, alerting the health care industry of risks associated with treatments, and monitoring of food products to ensure safety done by the FDA” (2013).
“AHRQ is an agency under Health & Human Services working to improve the quality, effectiveness and safety of health care” (2013) .