Section 1557 and Language Access: Eliminate Unqualified Interpretation
Affordable Care Act Section 1557 requires qualified interpreters for Limited-English Proficient patients. This reference guide offers tips for compliance.
In 2016, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a ruling on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 deals with nondiscrimination and builds on the precedent set by Title VI, which prohibits national origin discrimination and mandates language access for Limited-English Proficient (LEP) patients.
As of October 16th, 2016, HHS requires covered organizations to achieve compliance with Section 1557. And while Congress is considering significant changes to the ACA, the reconciliation process the Senate is using should preclude altering Section 1557.
To help hospitals achieve compliance, CyraCom Language Solutions compiled a series of tips for implementing the language access provisions of 1557. Download this quick reference guide for tips on eliminating unqualified interpretation.