The Roles of Ethics and Compliance in Health Care

Ethics and compliance are the foundation of the successful operation of health care facilities because they help to avoid scandals and increase customer satisfaction. Compliance stands for adherence to laws, regulations, standards, specifications, security controls, policies, and audit considerations (Rhodes-Ousley, 2013).

Therefore, its central role in health care comes down to guaranteeing that all employees strictly follow laws and regulations and appropriately provide services both in health care facilities and when delivering home health aid services (Bartosiewicz, 2015). At the same time, compliance is essential for assuring that a hospital creates an operational environment, which incorporates acceptable strategies related to risk assessment and management, personal information security and privacy, planning, contingency, etc. (Rhodes-Ousley, 2013).

As for ethics, its scope is spectacularly broad including but not limited to privacy and security, social interactions, cybercrimes, governance, etc. In the case of health care, the role of ethics is confined to eliminating discrimination and prejudice, false claims, fraud, illegal remuneration, etc. (Bartosiewicz, 2015). At the same time, it is essential for implementing a patient-centered approach to delivering care, guaranteeing the confidentiality of patients, and making job duties clear as well as helping to address work-related situations properly (Rhodes-Ousley, 2013; Verbeek, 2015).


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