analyze public health policy issues B u s i n e s s F i n a n c e
As information has become more readily accessible and available, consumers have been able to connect with healthcare providers and gain a better understanding of this complex system. However, this improved access also means that the healthcare system is under more scrutiny as well. Add to that the rising cost of healthcare, concerns over medical errors, and disparities related to access and affordability and it is no wonder healthcare is a heavily regulated industry.
It is important to note, however, that external policies that impact healthcare organizations come not only from governmental agencies but also from oversight organizations such as the Joint Commission, the American Hospital Association, and professional organizations that provide licensure or certification for skilled healthcare professionals.
Another important type of policy is public health policy. Public health policy relates to the guidelines and regulations set by various oversight organizations to ensure health promotion, disease prevention, and public safety.
Today’s healthcare managers must have the ability to understand the various levels of external policy as well as the impact of different policies on the organization. Managers must be able to ensure compliance with external policies as well as have the skills necessary to develop best practices and models to ensure organizational success.
In this assignment you will analyze public health policy issues. You will then make a list of the public health policies that you feel are important for managers to keep current with and provide your rationale.
Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:
- Analyze important external policies that impact health management.
- Article: Measuring the Impact of Public Health Policy
The Centers for Disease Control gives guidelines on public health policy and provides resources to healthcare organizations on how to comply with various levels of external policies and regulations. Managers must keep current with public health policy as well as other external policies to ensure they are meeting the needs of the community. The readings and this exercise will help you better understand the impact of public health policy on healthcare delivery.