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Affordable Care Act (ACA); Discrimination; Interpreter and More: Complying with Section 1557: OCR and CMS Hospital CoPs

Instructor: Sue Dill Calloway
Product ID: 705151
  • Duration: 120 Min
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Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) forbids discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, age and disability. It builds on longstanding and familiar federal civil rights laws but is the first law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex (which includes gender, gender identity and sex stereotyping) in covered health programs and activities. 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.

Why Should You Attend:

This webinar will discuss a law that applies to hospitals and other healthcare providers. It addresses a civil rights law for healthcare providers and others and addresses nondiscrimination, required signs and notices, interpreters and more under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. It forbids discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, age and disability. It builds on long-standing and familiar Federal civil rights laws. This is the first law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex (which includes gender, gender identity and sex stereotyping) in covered health programs and activities. 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.

This program will also cover the CMS proposed changes to the hospital CoPs to implement this new law under the Hospital Improvement Act. CMS noted there were no prohibitions in the hospital CoPs on gender identities which can be a barrier to seeking care. Numerous studies have shown the impact or the perceived discrimination when seeking care. Many reports, including an IOM report, found that many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people refrain from disclosing sexual orientation or gender to their health care provider. Hospitals are required to have a policy on nondiscrimination and must educate their staff. Patients must be notified in a language they can understand and how to file a complaint if they encounter discrimination. Interpreters must be qualified and this will be explained.

This program will help meet the education requirements to ensure your employees know and follow this law. Have you made the required policy changes? Has staff been educated on these new policies which include physicians and mid-level providers? Do you have the requisite sign posted? Do you provide information contained in the 15 or so taglines so patients are aware of their right to an interpreter? Have you designated an employee (civil rights coordinator) to work with patients who file a grievance?

Case scenarios will be discussed. Resources will be provided such as a list of each state’s 15 taglines and OCR has these in 64 languages. Sample notice to be posted and sample grievance procedure will also be provided.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • Recall that CMS has proposed changes to the hospital CoPs regarding the Section 1557 rules on nondiscrimination
  • Discuss that hospitals are required to post a sign regarding nondiscrimination
  • Describe that the hospital must 15 taglines so patients are aware they are entitled to an interpreter at no cost
  • Recall that the Office of Civil Rights is the main enforcer of Section 1557
  • Discuss that the hospital must have a person in charge to work with patients who file a grievance related to nondiscrimination

Who Will Benefit:

  • Risk Manager
  • Patient Advocates
  • Consumer Advocates
  • Healthcare Attorneys
  • Compliance Officer
  • Chief Medical Officer
  • CEO, COO, CNO
  • Nurse Managers
  • ED Managers
  • Physicians
  • Mid-Levels
  • Policy Committee
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Supervisors
  • Director of Registration
  • Director of Physician Office Practices
  • Human Resources
  • Person in charge of Interpreting Services
  • Director of Education
Instructor Profile:
Sue Dill Calloway

Sue Dill Calloway
chief learning officer, Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation

Sue Dill Calloway, RN, MSN, JD, is a nurse attorney, a medical legal consultant and the past chief learning officer for the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation. She is the immediate past director of Hospital Patient Safety and Risk Management for The Doctors Company. She is currently president of Patient Safety and Health Care Education and Consulting. Sue was a medical malpractice defense attorney for many years and a past director of risk management for the Ohio Hospital Association. She was in-house legal counsel for a hospital in addition to being the privacy officer and compliance officer.

She has done many educational programs for nurses, physicians, and other health care providers. She has authored over 102 books and numerous articles. Sue is a frequent speaker and is well known across the country in the area of healthcare law, risk management, and patient safety. She has taught many educational programs and written many articles on compliance with the CMS and Joint Commission restraint standards.

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