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University Services HHSA The Impact of the Health Insurance Marketplace on Healthcare

The uncertainty and complexity of healthcare post-Obama and the transformation of the health insurance marketplace are undeniably affecting the healthcare industry—one that health administrators need to understand if their organizations will stay in business. The health industry's business practices are transitioning from a growing number of insured people to changing financial models. Ryan Johnson, an operations administrator at Mayo Clinic and an instructor in the Master of Arts in Healthcare Administration at the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, explains that…

University Services HHSA How Technology is Advancing Healthcare

As it is in many fields, technology is making a huge impact on healthcare—but in what ways, and how does it help patients? The benefits may be undeniable, but there are major implications that the industry is grappling with as more and more technology is incorporated into the healthcare process at administrative and clinical levels. On the clinical side, technology is enabling more patient engagement. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is developing an app for migraine sufferers, says Ryan…

University Services HHSA How Do Interest Groups Influence Healthy Policies?

When you read about a change in health policy or new health legislation at the local, state, or federal levels, chances are it came about partly because of interest groups. Their “behind the scenes” work is an essential and often misunderstood function of our democratic government. “I like to think of interest groups as the method in which we organize people to talk to their legislated officials,” says Justin Bell, an attorney, government relations director for the American Heart Association (AHA) in…

University Services HHSA What is HIPAA Law and How Does It Affect Me?

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act passed by the federal government in 1996. Intended to streamline some paperwork processes and protect patients from privacy breaches and fraud. HIPAA regulations impact anyone who works in the healthcare industry. It also impacts everyone who seeks any medical care or treatment. What Does HIPAA Do? The HIPAA law1 is made up of several sections, including general and administrative requirements as well as security and privacy rules. The general requirements in the law…

University Services HHSA What is Health and Human Services and What Jobs are Available in the Field?

Health and Human Services is an agency of the federal government and describes a wide range of jobs and activities within the medical and mental health fields. The agency – The Department of Health and Human Services1 – administers various programs dealing with welfare and health. The department oversees programs and administers grant money relating to these industries and is the umbrella under which the following federal agencies operate: National Institutes of Health Food and Drug Administration Centers for Disease Control and…