OCR FAQs on Section 1557 clarify member questions on language assistance requirements

Originally published in the July 12, 2017 issue of MGMA’s Washington Connection
Reprinted with permission from MGMA

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released FAQs on its final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act that offer much needed clarification for covered medical group practices on language access requirements for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) stemming from a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Section 1557 builds on longstanding civil rights laws and provides additional nondiscrimination requirements for covered group practices, including posting taglines alerting LEP individuals to the availability of language assistance services. Notably, the FAQs clarify that the phone number displayed on each tagline should be your group practice’s phone number.

For more information about how to comply with Section 1557, download MGMA’s member resource entitled, “Section 1557: What Your Practice Needs to Know.”

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