Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Regulating Health Care
Lecture:Nonprofit Accrediting Orgs, Regulatory Bodies, and Professional Associations in U.S. Health Care
Slide content:Regulatory Agencies Under the authority of Congress, federal agencies enforce standards in a specific field in the private sector Agencies create regulations, known as rules, to carry out public policy The goal is consumer protection. Example: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 20
Slide notes:Another group of organizations that help keep the public safe are regulatory agencies. A regulatory agency is a public authority at the state or federal level that is established by legislative act to enforce standards in a specific field in the private sector. An agency s rules have the force of law, and an agency can also act somewhat like a trial court, with the authority to conduct hearings and hand down judgments. In the United States, health care focused agencies are part of the Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS. The goal of agencies within HHS is to promote health and provide consumer protection. In the health care field, the best-known example is the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA. 20