Mandates and Cost:
The Department of Health and Human Services has oversight of several agencies (i.e., FDA, CDC, AHRQ, NIH, CMS) that regulate health care in the United States. Regulation encompasses insurance plans, cost, research, safety, all in the name of delivering quality care in a cost effective manner. These agencies are responsible for monitoring compliance and enforcing legislative mandates. However, the debate continues on government regulation and its effect on ensuring quality care. After completing this week’s reading, review the following articles listed below, which were published 11 years apart. Analyze the cost-quality paradigm noted in the articles. Considering the many governmental mandates and regulations to reduce costs and ensure the delivery of quality care that have been implemented over the years, discuss your opinion regarding why costs have continued to rise without improving quality. List two examples that illustrate your point.
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- DHHS Article related to Cost and Quality (2002)
- Institute of Medicine article (2013)
Your initial post should be 250-300 words and utilize at least one scholarly source from the Ashford University Library that supports your point. Cite all sources in APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Guided Response: Choose two classmates and respond to this question: Do you agree or disagree with their rationale for the disparity between cost and quality in health care. Explain your answer. List at least one scholarly source that justifies your statements.