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A competitive market is one that allows easy entry and exit: a market in which companies are generally free to enter or to leave at will. This does not describe the health care market in the US. There are certain assumptions that the competitive market model operates under some assumptions, first is the consumer/patient has full information about the nature of the services required, the anticipated results of their decision and the benefits obtain from the service. This is not true in health care often time the patient is operating at a distinct information disadvantage when they require health care services such as insurance. If a patient purchases health insurance often they don’t know enough information to ascertain if they have purchased a quality plan.
For example in a free market, the exchange takes place solely because of the trust among... ... middle of paper ... ... unfortunately, these are not covered under the HIPAA. They are regulated by common rule. As noted earlier common rules capitalize mostly on the consent and confidentiality of the patient’s personal information. This is because the patient needs to be protected against any harm in the biomedical trials. The increasing database storage is turning the research from relying on the patients directly, but rather concentrating on the records available for the studies.
The need for healthcare reform is apparent. The solutions and responsibility of those solutions is not. The early practice of medicine did not require doctors to have the knowledge and qualifications of today. Due to the lack of knowledge, doctors usually did not charge much for services. Some large employers offered health insurance.
Lease states, that health care reform legislation will impact our organization in many ways; especially after 2014. While more employees will have health insurance coverage and there will be more patients to treat; the need for controlling costs and improving efficiency is i... ... middle of paper ... ...s will need to focus on pay-for-performance initiatives, as CMS will reduce annual payments by 0.4 percent if the ten quality measures are not submitted (Buchbinder & Shanks (2007). The next generation of health care administrators will be judged on these competencies as they continue to develop into experienced health care administrators. Works Cited Buchbinder, S.B., & Shanks, N. H. (2007). Introduction to Health Care Management.
The modern medicine and the latest technology in the healthcare system are boosting life expectancy. People leave longer today causing a significant increase in healthcare cost. The increase in healthcare spending has led to an increase in ways to reduce the cost of healthcare. One of the tools that healthcare industry is trying to implement in order to achieve a reduction in the healthcare cost is the “Smart Card”. Introducing smart cards in the healthcare industry might be a solution to reduce the healthcare cost in a future.
And we never know, in future science and technology might introduce more advanced level of apps and service with enhanced level of privacy and security measures. Patient personalized health cards are also long underling technology that might provide patient a freedom of owning his/her PHI. Transferring data from one hospital to another wouldn’t be a challenge with this password protected health cards. Privacy wouldn’t be much of an issue as all the information is stored in the chip of the card that can be retrieve by a healthcare provider or by patient when needed.
Historically, the industry has deemed patient identifiable health information as deserving of special protection, since, by its very nature, such information is highly confidential. Accepting the ‘inherent insecurity’ of electronic mail, healthcare organizations have done little to develop security infrastructure supporting use of electronic mail for confidential communication and instead adopted policies forbidding such use. It speaks to the utility of electronic mail, that even in spite of such policy, as much as 40% of all electronic mail emanating from healthcare organizations contains health information. A very small percentage of this email is encrypted or otherwise protected to ensure its confidentiality and authenticity. Federal law will prohibit future ‘unsecured’ use of electronic mail for transmission of health information.
Quality Improvement Organizations and Healthcare Consumers Our nation’s healthcare system requires constant monitoring for quality and innovations and guidelines for increasing the quality of care. This process is difficult and complex and requires many separate organizations with differing approaches and objectives in order to be effective. Fortunately, there are many such organizations that strive to continuously increase the health care standards and practices in our nation. They also assist the consumer in making educated decisions on which medical facilities will best suit their needs. Reviewing a few of these quality improvement organizations and the roles they play will increase our understanding of their roles within our nation’s healthcare system.
On February 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signs into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The law promotes electronic medical records (EMR) and infrastructure development, such as reimbursement-based pay, to cut health care costs (Frequently Asked Questions, 2009). Likewise, the ARRA is restructuring Medicare disbursements to reimburse for quality not quantity. While the law does not mandate EMR use, the federal government has set aside twenty billion dollars to help in the development of a strong health information technology infrastructure. Title IV states, “NO INCENTIVE PAYMENT IF FIRST ADOPTING AFTER 2014” (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, 2009).