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Policies, Laws, Regulations, Contracts, and Procedures 

Policies, Laws, Regulations, Contracts, and Procedures
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Policies, Laws, Regulations, Contracts, and Procedures
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Mark E. Frisse

, and Karl E. Misulis

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190855574.003.0005
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date: 27 July 2021

Healthcare in the United States is heavily regulated; a host of often-confusing policies, laws, and regulations impact care delivery and care reimbursement. Because of the breadth of society’s health issues; the diversity of personal, religious, philosophical, or societal goals; and the conflicts that arise among concerned stakeholders, policies or their execution through procedures are almost always controversial. Policies are positions, statements, and courses of action that reflect an organization’s goals and values and are the products of government, business, or other authorities. Collectively, the arguably undue complexity of these regulatory efforts place enormous burdens on both those who develop clinical systems and those who must use them. Clinical informatics professionals must understand these complexities and seek ways of simplifying care and administrative processes.

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