Section 1557 and Language Access: Post a Notice of Nondiscrimination and Taglines
ACA Section 1557 requires providers to post a notice of nondiscrimination and taglines in a hospital’s top 15 languages. Train staff on 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 Proffcient (LEP) patients.
As of October 16th, 2016, HHS requires covered organizations to achieve compliance with Section 1557. And while Congress is considering signifcant 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. Read this guide to learn more about notices of nondiscrimination, and get tips to train staff on the importance and consequences of compliance.