New Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect Health Care Rules

New Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect Health Care Rules
New Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect Health Care Rules. Credit | AP

United States: On June 28, the Supreme Court made a big decision that will change how federal agencies create and enforce rules about health care. This new ruling will affect many important things like keeping patients safe, ensuring medicines are safe, and how nursing homes are run.

Before this decision, courts had to trust the decisions of federal agencies because they were considered experts. But now, courts will look at these decisions more closely and decide for themselves what Congress meant when they made the laws.

What the Ruling Means for Health Care

This change might lead to big changes in the healthcare system, including new ways of protecting patients and ensuring drug safety. This Supreme Court decision could start new legal battles and change how healthcare rules are made and enforced.

As reported by KFF HEALTH NEWS  agencies such as FDA are likely to be far more cautions in making the regulations and Congress is expected to take more time fleshing out legislation to avoid the legal challenges and judges will be more apt to overrule current and future regulations.

How This Ruling Might Affect the Health Care System

These health care policy leaders say the patients and providers in the system should brace for more uncertainty and less stability in the health care system. Even routine government functions such as deciding the particular rate to pay the doctors for treating Medicare beneficiaries could become embroiled in the long legal battels that disrupt the patient care or strain providers to adapt.

What Experts Are Saying

Particular groups that oppose a regulation could search for and secure partisan judges to roll back agency decision-making, said Andrew Twinamatsiko, director of the Health Policy and the Law Initiative at Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute.

One example could be challenges to the FDA’s approval of a medication used in abortions, which survived a Supreme Court challenge this term on a technicality.

Possible Future Challenges in HealthCare

“Judges will be more emboldened to second-guess agencies,” he said. “It’s going to open agencies up to attacks.”

This is to up until now when the agencies issued a regulations a single rule typically applied nationwide and following the high court ruling and however lawsuits filed in more than one jurisdictions could result in the contractionary rulings and regulatory requirements.