Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act: New Civil Rights Law for the Healthcare Industry

Instructor: Dr. Susan Strauss
Product ID: 704923
  • Duration: 90 Min
The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights issued the new regulations for Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. This act deals with nondiscrimination in healthcare and provides important new protections for patients including broad rules dealing with sex discrimination.This webinar will guide how to implement the new law to certify decreased risk of liability, ensure quality and equitable care and insurance coverage of all patients thereby enhancing quality care of patients.
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Why Should You Attend:

Healthcare providers such as hospitals, clinics, physicians, community health centers, nursing homes, home care agencies, health insurance companies, 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 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 that receives federal funding such as Medicare and Medicaid, and so much more.

The new law, that specifically addresses sex discrimination in healthcare, protects the rights of transgendered patients with respect to 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 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 websites and other electronic information accessible to those with disabilities.

This webinar review the new law under section 1557 of ACA.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • Review the 4 civil rights laws incorporated into Section 1557
  • Discuss ACA’s new requirements to prevent sex discrimination
  • Explore ACA’s new requirements for health insurance companies
  • Identify how HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) defines “covered entities”
  • List the wide variety of federal funding that applies to the ACA
  • Analyze Association Discrimination related to association with members of a protected class
  • Examine covered entities’ required administrative steps
  • Discuss OCR’s role in enforcing Section 1557
  • Provide resources for implementing Section 1557

Who Will Benefit:

  • Team leaders
  • Supervisors
  • Middle managers
  • Administrators
  • Directors
  • Senior leaders
  • Human resources professionals
  • Risk Managers
  • Attorneys
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Medical technicians
  • Medical assistants
  • Compliance managers
  • Dentists
  • Therapists
  • Public health agencies
  • Pharmacies
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Health insurance companies
  • Health agencies

Instructor Profile:

Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer and consultant. Her specialty areas include management/leadership development, organization development, communication, and harassment and bullying. She is an expert witness for discrimination and harassment lawsuits. She trains and consults with business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

Dr. Strauss has authored over 30 book chapters, books, and articles in professional journals. She has been featured on 20/20, CBS Evening News, and other television and radio programs as well as interviewed for newspaper and journal articles.

She has her doctorate in organizational leadership, is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human services, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development.

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