Policy Worksheet

HCS/455 v9

Current Policy: Topic Selection

HCS/455 v9

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Current Policy: Topic Selection

As a team, research and identify a health care policy topic.

Review the following choices or obtain approval from your faculty for a different topic. Faculty approval must be obtained at least 3 days in advance of your assignment due date.

· Medicare

· Medicaid

· Health care reform policy



· Or faculty-approved topic


Complete the following chart with research your group has identified for the policy selected. Research information that needs to be identified for the policy is listed on the left. Your group will insert research it has found regarding the prompt on the left. To prevent plagiarism, record all information and research in your own words.

Policy selected:

Research Prompt Information your group identified using the policy selected
Year policy was created “The Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act (HIPAA) was signed into law in the year 1996, by President Bill Clinton. It is a legislation which provides security provisions and data privacy, in order to keep patients’ medical information safe.” (HIPAA History 2020)
Identify the various stakeholders involved in the creation of this policy. 2
Select a level of government (federal, state, or local) and discuss the role and function it had in the process of implementing the policy. 2
Why was the policy created? “HIPAA was created to “improve the portability and accountability of health insurance coverage” for employees between jobs. Other objectives of the Act were to combat waste, fraud and abuse in health insurance and healthcare delivery.”(HIPAA History 2020) The introduction of health information technology in 2009 for the converstion of the EMR was a huge turning point in the medical industry.
Why is the policy important to health care?






What stakeholders are impacted by this policy (e.g., health care consumers, medical staff, etc.)? 4
In your opinion:

Is the policy effective?

Is it meeting the needs of the population as intended?

How has the effectiveness of the policy been verified?

In my opinion, the policy is definitely effective. Being able to protect patient’s privacy is vital. Because patients are given the right to protect their personal information, I would say that it is meeting the needs of the population as intended. Health care organizations are usually very cautious when using patient’s personal information because of the significant risk it carries. Management and technology has changed drastically since the HIPAA policy went in effect in 1996. Because of this, patient’s personal information has been safeguarded more than ever before. It has been verified by system audits being able to check to see who has been in a patient’s chart and what has been seen.

Discuss the health and societal issues that had an impact on the development of the health care policy. 6


Cite at least 2 reputable references used to complete the prompts within the chart. Reputable references include trade or industry publications; government or agency websites; scholarly works; your textbook, Health Policymaking in the United States (6th ed.); or other sources of similar quality.

· HIPAA History. (2020, May 19). Retrieved July 13, 2020, from https://www.hipaajournal.com/hipaa-history/


Format your reference section and references used in your chart according to APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment.

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