Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became effective in July 2016. The final rule requirements regarding nondiscrimination against individuals with Limited English Proficiency ("LEP") became effective on October 16, 2016. Section 1557 requires healthcare providers to take additional steps in nondiscrimination efforts. It requires providers to post nondiscrimination notices and have certain grievance procedures—providers with more than 50 employees must designate an individual to coordinate compliance with Section 1557.
As part of the requirements surrounding the LEP provision, providers must post "taglines" notifying LEP patients/potential patients of their right to and the availability of an interpreter. These requirements are similar to, but more burdensome than former civil rights requirements for providers and will require additional efforts by providers.
This session with Robert W. Markette, Jr., will include an overview of the requirement of Section 1557. We will review the requirements related to limited English proficiency, including notices, access to translations services, taglines and other important concepts. We will also consider some of the practical issues that arise in implementing these programs, including unique issues presented by home health and hospice settings. Additionally, Robert will reveal practical compliance strategies providers can utilize in implementing their 1557 program, including modifying or reusing current policies and procedures.
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- Sharon Litwin
For more than a decade, Robert W. Markette, Jr., CHC, has focused his practice on representing home health, hospice, private duty and DME providers in all aspects of their operations. With more than a decade of experience in working with these industries, Robert has developed a reputation for understanding the operational, compliance and legal/regulatory issues facing homecare providers.