Regulatory Overload

Most would agree that some federal regulations in the health care world, particularly those that make sure patients receive safe, high-quality care – is both necessary and in the best interest of the patient. But, did you know, HealthCareFiananceNews.com recently wrote:

“Hospitals and post-acute care providers face 629 discrete regulatory requirements, including 341 hospital-related requirements and 288 PAC related requirements.”

From the American Hospital Association:

Every day, health systems, hospitals and post-acute care (PAC) providers – such as long-term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies – confront the daunting task of complying with a growing number of federal regulations. Federal regulation is largely intended to ensure that health care patients receive safe, high-quality care. In recent years, however, clinical staff — doctors, nurses and caregivers — find themselves devoting more time to regulatory compliance, taking them away from patient care. Some of these rules do not improve care, and all of them raise costs. Patients also are affected through less time with their caregivers, unnecessary hurdles to receiving care and a growing regulatory morass that fuels higher health care costs. 

Below is an infographic detailing the impact regulations are having on our health system. If you want more information, you can dive deeper by reading the complete report which can be found here. Take a look and let us know what you think. Generating thoughtful conversations around important health issues is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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