Purpose of Guidance for Healthcare Compliance

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There is always need for guidance for healthcare compliance and the need for best practices keeps increasing. There have been medical advances and improvements in healthcare protocols and legal rights for patients. Therefore Healthcare regulatory bodies have guidance manuals to ensure that providers of healthcare ensure compliance at every level.

Some key purposes of guidance for Healthcare Compliance include the following:

Interpretation: There is need to interpret laws governing the Health and Safety at Work Act to help individuals understand the requirements based on specific guideline; like the EC Directives. Additionally, there are different laws surrounding medical procedures and entitlement to healthcare policies. There is the need to interpret these with clarity and simplicity to ensure patients appreciate their entitlements.

Compliance with laws: Most healthcare laws require compliance by both the patient and administrative staff. Professional medical officers are also bound by certain medical laws protecting the ethics of medicine. When these laws are abused by medical personnel there are risks of litigation which have detrimental consequences. Therefore directors and managers in healthcare facilities must have proper guidance on implementing compliance with laws to ensure best practices.

Technical Advice: Medical technology keeps advancing as cures for diseases keep improving and science keeps advancing. Therefore, there is need for proper guidance on use of technological machines and gadgets to ensure best practices. Both patients and medical personnel like doctors, nurses and laboratory scientists must be enlightened on use and misuse of technology. Abuse of the guidance can have serious consequences for the patients. This will ultimately lead to the healthcare facility’s liability to legal action.

Compliance with Approved Codes of Practice: There is need for guidance on what appropriate practice is and what is inappropriate. For example decision making when a patient needs chemotherapy and when it is not the last option requires guidance. There are a set of medical examinations which must be conducted before a patient can be exposed to radiations. Therefore, compliance with approved codes of practice in medical facilities is a very sensitive requirement.

There is always need for sufficient guidance to ensure healthcare compliance. Failure to ensure that there is enough guidance as a best practice can lead to legal action and loss of lives.

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