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.
Section 1557 is the first federal civil rights law to specifically forbid discrimination of patients, 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.
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.
Why Should You Attend:
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. Ensuring the new law is implemented will decrease the risk of liability, ensure quality and equitable care and insurance coverage of all patients thereby enhancing quality care of patients.
Areas Covered in this Webinar:
Sample taglines in variety of languages (website) as required by ACA
Sample notice to be posted as required by ACA
Sample grievance procedure as required by ACA
Internet links to resources
Discussion regarding healthcare disparities with LGBT patients,
Discussion of the first ACA lawsuit dealing with abuse of a transgender patient and its implications for all hospitals
Discussion regarding new requirements for auxiliary aids and services for disabled patients
Discussion regarding new requirements for auxiliary aids and services for those who speak English as a second language
To review the 4 civil rights laws incorporated into Section 1557
To discuss ACA’s new requirements to prevent sex discrimination
To review the mandates for aids for the disabled and those with English as a second language
To explore ACA’s new requirements for health insurance companies
To identify how HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) defines “covered entities”
To list the wide variety of federal funding that applies to the ACA
To analyze Association Discrimination related to association with members of a protected class
To examine covered entities required administrative steps
To discuss OCR’s role in enforcing Section 1557
To provide resources for implementing Section 1557
Who Will Benefit:
Home/Public Health Agencies
Health Insurance Companies
All Management including Team Leaders, Supervisors, Middle Managers, Directors, and Senior Leaders, Administrators, Human Resources Professionals including Generalists and HR Managers, Risk Managers and Attorneys
Dr. Susan Strauss RN Ed.D., has worked as a registered nurse (RN) in a variety of nursing specialties. She has also been the director of healthcare quality improvement, director of education and development, and held other healthcare leadership roles.
One of Dr. Strauss’s areas of expertise is with bullying and harassment in healthcare- working as an expert witness for lawsuits, training, and conducting investigations. She researched physician abuse to RNs in the OR to determine if the abuse varied based on the gender of the nurse.
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