Hcs430 Week2 Regulatory Agency Paper

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Regulatory Agency paper
HCS/430 Legal issues in Health Care: Regulations and Compliances Date

Regulatory Agency paper
The United States government implements many resources which help govern health care organizations’ level of quality and safety of provided services. One agency which strives for continued improvement in the standards of health care seen in the United States is the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission currently evaluates and accredits over an estimated 20,000 health care organizations and programs throughout the United States (The Joint Commission, 2013). The not-for-profit organization ensures patient quality of service and safety by collaborating with government officials and legislation who then assist with administering specific guidelines and standards for health care organizations to follow. Brief History

The history of The Joint Commission dates back towards the early 1900s, but did not start to gain real recognition until around the early 1950s. “In1951 the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) joined the ACS to form the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH)” (Nancy M. Saufl, para.3). This alliance marked the first formation of what is today known as The Joint of Commission. Although, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) eventually left the newly drafted JCAH in 1959, it did stay around long enough to help publish Standards for Hospital Accreditation in 1953 (Nancy M. Saufl, 2005). In 1965 Congress passed the Social Security Amendments, which gave JCAH the authority to deem hospitals in compliance or not. This was especially important to almost every health care organization, because without following compliance standards set forth by JCAH, organizations would not meet Medicare Conditions of Participation for Hospitals and therefore not be eligible for participation in...
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