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Create a 3–4-page executive summary of tools and best practices for quality improvement, risk management, and learning guidelines. Include a summary table that describes the status of an organization’s compliance with regulatory requirements.

Note: The assessments in this course build upon each other, so you are strongly encouraged to complete them in a sequence.

The scope of the regulatory environment and its requirements are ever-changing. Health care leaders need to know where they can find information about the requirements (within the subsector of the industry) to respond appropriately to issues. In addition, health care leaders need to proactively set strategies in place to mitigate future risks to their patients and organizations.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:


It is an exciting time in health care as all of us experience the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The change will likely affect your current or future health care job. Leaders in our industry are rethinking how business is to be conducted.

Understanding relevant terminology is an important step in addressing the topics of health care quality, risk management, and regulatory environment.

Read further in the Assessment 1 Context [PDF] document, which contains important information related to the following topics within the regulatory environment:

Questions to Consider

As you prepare to complete this assessment, you may want to think about other related issues to deepen your understanding or broaden your viewpoint. You are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of your professional community. Note that these questions are for your own development and exploration and do not need to be completed or submitted as a part of your assessment.

The Regulatory Environment:

Establishing a Culture of Patient Safety:


Required Resources

The following resource is required to complete this assessment.

Suggested Resources

The resources provided here are optional and support the assessment. They provide helpful information about the topics. You may use other resources of your choice to prepare for this assessment; however, you will need to ensure that they are appropriate, credible, and valid. The MHA-FP5014 – Health Care Quality, Risk, and Regulatory Compliance Library Guide can help direct your research. The Supplemental Resources and Research Resources, both linked from the left navigation menu in your courseroom, provide additional resources to help support you.

Accountable Care Organizations

This article discusses how a health care facility transitioned into an Accountable Care Organization successfully.

This article discusses how ACOs have achieved cost savings while improving care for their patients.

Quality Improvement Strategies

This article examines the revised nursing home quality measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum which could best represent the improving quality of care in nursing homes.

This article examines the various domains associated with quality improvement in healthcare organizations.

This article explains the key role that leadership plays in supporting and aligning staff for patient care using the Malcom Baldrige criteria as a path to quality excellence.

This article explores how hospital managers perceive lean in the context of quality improvement.

This article discusses methods for auditing cost and quality tailored to a hospital’s specific population.

This article focuses on the factors affecting the adoption of innovative assurance technologies in nursing care.

Regulatory and Compliance

This article discusses a new regulation establishing and new safety-reporting for drugs under the investigational new drug applications.

Additional Resources for Further Exploration

You may use the following optional resources to further explore topics related to competencies.

Process and Performance Improvement

This is the home page of the American Productivity and Quality Center that provides best practices and benchmarking tools for designing effective methods for process and performance improvement.

Quality Improvement

This is a blog page on how to improve care for patients with Medicare.

This is the home page of Medicare that summarizes measures of quality shown on Hospital Compare.

This article discusses the Affordable Care Act funding for health providers to improve patient care.

Patient Safety

This article discusses various principles for creating a culture of safety in hospitals.

This is the home page of the National Quality Forum. It focusses on reducing preventable admission and readmissions, reducing adverse health care associated conditions, and reducing harm or unnecessary care.

This is the home page of the Joint Commission on patient safety goals and standards.

Regulatory and Compliance

This is the home page of the Healthcare Compliance Association for compliance professionals in the healthcare provider field.

This is the home page of the OIG U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It discusses legal issues regarding ACOs participation in Medicare.

This is the home page of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services laws and regulations.

Risk-Management Text Books