Section 1557 refers to the non-discrimination rule, which states individuals are protected from discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity and sex stereotyping.
“The Final Rule applies to those who provide or administer health-related services or insurance coverage and receive ‘federal financial assistance,’ which includes Medicare, Medicaid, meaningful use payments, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gain-sharing demonstration projects, and other federal funds. Every health care provider must determine whether this rule applies to its operations,” according to HHS’ website.
- Post notices regarding the provider/entity’s discrimination policies;
- Develop and implement a language access plan;
- Designate a compliance coordinator and adopt grievance procedures (applicable to group practices with 15 or more employees); and
- Submit an assurance of compliance form to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
- A non-discrimination statement be displayed on “significant” publications.
- A sample tagline to inform those with limited English proficiency of the language services provided.
This rule asks that each provider post their non-discrimination policies in their offices visible to patients, and on their websites, accessible from the home page.
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