ACHE Healthcare Executives Code of Ethics
Health executives are expected to abide by the American College of Healthcare Executive’s (ACHE) policy statements and code of ethics if the interests and needs of individuals, organizations and the society are to be balanced. Ethical concerns, however, tend to arise from time to time in the provision of healthcare thereby posing challenges that breed conflict between caregivers and patients or their families. Determining the differences between policy statements and health care provider codes, therefore, helps in reducing conflict and improving medical outcomes. This essay explains how the policy on creating an ethical culture within the healthcare organization differs from health care provider codes besides highlighting whether ethical issues might emerge from health care reforms.ACHE Healthcare Executives Code of Ethics
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Creating an ethical culture within the healthcare organization
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) expects all health care executives to uphold an ethical culture by leading efforts to foster environments where ethical concerns are expressed freely without retribution. In addition to that, healthcare executives are expected to provide effective ethics resources which should aid in addressing ethical concerns that may arise in future. Ethical dilemmas, however, tend to emerge when differences exist between interpretation of policy statements and traditional healthcare provider codes. For instance, family presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has always been objected to in hospitals although it would seem ethical to allow them as this could be their last moments with the patient (Nibert, 2005). All in all, ACHE documents protect health practitioners from discrimination or harassment should they choose to raise ethical concerns and so I do not think that there will be any ethical issues emerging from health care reforms should they be undertaken.
Nibert, A. T. (2005). Teaching clinical ethics using a case study: family presence during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Critical care nurse, 25(1), 38-44. ACHE Healthcare Executives Code of Ethics