A New Civil Rights Law for Health Providers, Employers of Health Programs, and Health Insurance Companies: Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Conference Date
Wed, Oct 05, 2016
60 minutes
Product Description

Insights on the 4 Civil Rights Laws Incorporated into Section 1557


Healthcare providers such as hospitals, clinics, physicians, community health centers, nursing homes, home care agencies, health insurance companies (including those found in the Health Insurance Marketplaces), and any other “covered entities” which operate a “health program or activity” have a new civil rights law to incorporate into their operations. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued its final rule to drive health equity and diminish healthcare disparities. This Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities rule is a supplement to the Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 is the first federal civil rights law to specifically forbid sex discrimination in both healthcare and healthcare coverage plans by any provider or insurance company which receives federal funding such as Medicare and Medicaid, or more. The new law, which specifically addresses sex discrimination in healthcare, protects the rights of the transgendered patients with respect to the healthcare administered by their provider, their health insurance carrier, and their employer. Sex discrimination also includes discriminatory treatment on the basis of pregnancy, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, recovering from pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, sex stereotyping, and gender identity.

It is not only sex discrimination that the ACA prohibits—discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, disability are also protected classes from discrimination. “Covered Entities” are instructed to provide language assistance for the individuals with limited English skills with new rules about who can provide that assistance, and in what format, such as translation of documents and websites and taglines. Individuals with disabilities are likewise protected including a requirement to make the websites and other electronic information accessible to those with disabilities.

Plus, you’ll get these free samples for attending the session:

  • Taglines in variety of languages (website) as required by ACA
  • Notice to be posted as required by ACA
  • Grievance procedure as required by ACA
  • Internet links to resources
  • Forms for healthcare institutions

 Session Highlights:

  • Review  of the 4 civil rights laws incorporated into Section 1557 of the ACA
  • ACA’s new requirements to prevent sex discrimination
  • ACA’s new requirements for health insurance companies
  • How HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) defines “covered entities”?
  • The wide variety of federal funding that applies to the ACA
  • Analyzing Association Discrimination related to association with members of protected class
  • Examine administrative steps required to be taken by covered entities
  • The Office of Civil Rights’ role in enforcing Section 1557
  • Resources for implementing Section 1557
  • Understanding healthcare disparities with LGBT patients
  • Insights on the first ACA lawsuit dealing with abuse of a transgender patient and its implications for all hospitals
  • Overview of the new requirements for auxiliary aids and services for disabled patients
  • New requirements for auxiliary aids and services for those who speak English as a second language

 Session Agenda:

  • Objectives and goals of the Affordable Care Act
  • Section 1557 of ACA
  • ACA anti-discrimination law
  • Laws & standards
  • The implicit association test
  • Religious freedom
  • Who are the “Covered Entities”?
  • Defining health program or activity
  • Who is a qualified interpreter?
  • Sex discrimination regulations
  • Impact on employee benefit plans
  • What is LGBTIQQAA?
  • The barriers to equitable care
  • Joint commission’s goal
  • The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI)
  • Grievance procedures
  • Enforcement power of HHS OCR
  • Use of the JCAHO field guide
  • Recommended organizations and resources for healthcare professionals

Who should attend?

HealthCare HR, Administrators, Physicians, Hospitals, Clinics, Pharmacies, Home Health Agencies, Public Health Agencies, Nursing Homes, Health Insurance Companies, Physician Assistants, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Therapists, Nurses, Nurse Practitioner, Medical Technicians, Medical Assistants, Administrative Assistants, Compliance Managers

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Dr. Susan Strauss

Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert on workplace and school harassment and bullying. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. Her clients are from business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector. Dr. Strauss has conducted research, written over 30 books, book chapters,...   More Info
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