Section 1557 is intended to promote equity in health care and prevent discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in health programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.
Entities that are likely subject to the Final Rule include:
- Skilled nursing facilities;
- Ambulatory surgical centers;
- Home health agencies;
- Federally qualified health centers;
- Rural health clinics;
- Physician practices;
- Laboratories; and
- Outpatient rehabilitation facilities.
Requirements that MUST be implemented include:
- Having a Section 1557 compliance coordinator;
- Having a Section 1557 grievance process;
- Posting new notices - in your building, on your website and in certain publications/communications - on nondiscrimination, available assistance and patient rights;
- Posting taglines - in your building, on your website and in certain publications/communications - on the availability of language services in the top 15 non-English languages spoken in your state;
- Treating patients in a manner consistent with their gender identity;
- Not denying care to a patient based on sex, which includes their gender identity and sex stereotyping; and
- Providing equal access to communications and electronic and information technology for individuals with disabilities.
Hall Render is prepared to assist providers in understanding the Final Rule requirements and to help you come into compliance. In addition to being available to consult on questions and prepare documents, Hall Render has prepared a comprehensive "Section 1557 Compliance Toolkit," which is available for purchase at the price of $995.00.
The Toolkit includes summaries of the Final Rule Requirements, sample policies and procedures, a sample language access plan, FAQs, information on the top 15 languages spoken in each state and more.