Phyllis M. Williams
November 26, 2012
Christie Artuso, EdD, RN, CNRN
Governmental Agency on Prison Health Care
Within this paper, there will be an explanation of the role and impact of a governmental agency that regulates prison health care. In order to understand the full velocity of prison health care, one must first understand the definition of health care regulatory agencies. Health care regulatory agencies were established to monitor health care facilities and practitioners. They were also set up to provide information about health care changes, ensure health care safety and promote legal obedience and efficient services. At the federal, state, and local level, these health care agencies help to establish regulations and guidelines that the health care industry is required to uphold. Some of the agencies are not required to participate, such as those for accreditation, but should because they provide certifications of the quality or ranking of services. The object of this paper is to provide a better understanding of a governmental regulatory agency that regulates prison health care; the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The Agency’s Role
The BOP is an organization that is responsible for the imprisonment of federal prisoners and their safety in a humane, cost efficient and secure way (U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, 2008). Along with all of the previous duties, the BOP is also responsible for providing medically needed health care to the imprisoned inmates in accordance with applicable standards of care (U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General, 2008). The Bureau of Prisons consists of 118 institutions, 6 regional offices, a Central Office (headquarters), 2 staff training centers, and 22 residential reentry management offices (previously known as community corrections offices) (U.S. Department of Justice: Federal Bureau of Prisons, 2012). Impact on...