Check Out Resources for Health Equity Law Compliance The government is offering new training materials and other resources to help health care providers comply with the new federal health equity law (see “New Health Equity Regulations: What You Need to Know,”). The regulations, issued by the U.S. Department of Health’s Office for Civil Rights, require health care providers ... News in Brief
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Check Out Resources for Health Equity Law Compliance
The ASHA Leader, September 2016, Vol. 21, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.21092016.10
The ASHA Leader, September 2016, Vol. 21, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.21092016.10
The government is offering new training materials and other resources to help health care providers comply with the new federal health equity law (see “New Health Equity Regulations: What You Need to Know,”).
The regulations, issued by the U.S. Department of Health’s Office for Civil Rights, require health care providers who receive federal financial assistance—including Medicaid or Medicare payments (except Part B)—to comply with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which expands on policies that prohibit discrimination based on sex, age, national origin, disability, race or color.
The rules, among other provisions, require health care providers to post a notice of nondiscrimination and taglines—short statements in non-English languages that alert people with limited English proficiency to the availability of language-assistance services. This requirement takes effect Oct. 17.
  • A summary of the final rule.

  • Training materials for health care providers to help inform their employees on compliance. Materials include a slide deck and a presenter’s guide.

  • A model grievance procedure, required of health care providers with 15 or more employees. These providers must also appoint a compliance coordinator.

  • Samples of required documents, including a notice of nondiscrimination, statement of nondiscrimination, and taglines. These documents are available to download in 64 languages.

  • A dedicated email address, 1557@hhs.gov, for questions about the rules.

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