How Will Section 1557 of the ACA Impact Care for LEP Patients?
Learn what’s required under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and how it impacts care of Limited-English Proficient patients.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a rule to help medical and insurance providers comply with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 deals with nondiscrimination, and a significant portion of HHS’s rule focuses on the care of Limited-English Proficient (LEP) patients.
The rule took effect on July 18th, and compliance will quickly become a high-level priority as the consequences for failure become clear. Language access in healthcare already aligns with executive goals in improving patient safety, reducing readmissions rates, and boosting patient satisfaction, growth, and retention. Under the new law, language services leaders are uniquely positioned to make sure their organizations succeed, demonstrating the importance of their programs in the process.
To help, CyraCom has compiled this guide to explain what’s required under Section 1557 and how it impacts LEP patient care.