The Role of Government in Policy making
Legislative tasks are not easily formed. Within our government there are three branches. The executive branch is the branch that oversees healthcare matters with the president as the “CEO”. The other two branches, legislative and judicial, serve their own purpose each separate from the other two. Each branch contributes its own unique processes in establishing social policy.
Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley is a nonprofit organization established in 1960. Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley provides assistance in many different areas. A combination of education, intervention, prevention, and treatment is in place to provide to each client’s needs. Laws and judicial decisions influence this healthcare organizations day-to-day business.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was established in 1996 to protect the rights of individuals when receiving services from health organizations. HIPAA ensures the privacy and confidentiality of individual’s health information. Health information could be protected on paper, oral communication, or electronically. If an individual’s privacy is violated in any way that individual has the option to file a complaint against the offending office.
HIPAA law is one way that Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley daily operations are affected. One of the most popular ways that HIPAA is involved is through the HIPAA Privacy rule. The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects clients in several ways. Employees of the company are not permitted to have any form of communication with a person, regarding the clients, whom has not had written consent from the clients. Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley would have a form for the client to complete that would give permission for a specific person to receive or disclose medical history. This law protects the client from fraudulent acts when it
References: United States Department of Health and Human Services (2010). Medical privacy - National standards to protect the privacy of personal health information. Retrieved November 1, 2010, from http://www.hhs.gov/ United States Department of Health and Human Services (2010). What does HIPAA privacy rule do? Retrieved November 1, 2010 from http://www.hhs.gov/