Federal regulations play a major role in the health care industry. Federal laws and regulations protect the American public from a number of health risks and administer programs for public welfare. Federal regulations also regulate the health insurance industry by implementing cost-containment measures. Through various regulatory bodies, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) protects and regulates public health at every level. HHS is the United States principal federal agency for protecting the health of Americans and providing essential human services. HHS administers more grant dollars than all other federal agencies combined. Medicare program administered by HHS is nation’s largest health care …show more content…
The HRSA investigates ways for improving access to health care services for the uninsured, isolated, or vulnerable population. HRSA provides funding for pregnant women, people living with HIV/AIDS, and uninsured children (Department of Health & Human Services, 2011).
Indian Health Services (IHS)
The HIS is the principal federal health care advocate and provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives. HIS provides preventive, curative, and rehabilitative services to aforementioned population (Department of Health & Human Services, 2011).
National Institute of Health (NIH)
The NIH provides leadership and financial support to researchers in every state and throughout the world. NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent diseases and find cure for the rare diseases (Department of Health & Human Services, 2011).
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The SAMHSA works to improve the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services to patients suffering from substance abuse and mental illnesses (Department of Health & Human Services, 2011).
Analysis of Two Current Health Care Regulations
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and Readmissions Regulation
Healthcare cost in the USA is three times more than the other developed countries because of healthcare fragmentation (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2011). In 2005, The