A New Civil Rights Law for Health Providers, Employees of Health Programs, and Health Insurance Companies: Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act

Susan is Keynote Speaker at ComplianceKey. She has worked as a registered nurse (RN) in a variety of nursing specialties. She has also been the director of healthcare quality improvement, director of education and development, and held other healthcare leadership roles. One of Dr. Strauss's areas of expertise is with bullying and harassment in healthcare- working as an expert witness for lawsuits, training, and conducting investigations. She researched physician abuse to RNs in the OR to determine if the abuse varied based on the gender of the nurse. Dr. Strauss has authored over 30 books, boo........


Healthcare providers such as hospitals, clinics, physicians, community health centers, nursing homes, home care agencies, health insurance companies (including those found in the Health Insurance Marketplaces), and any other "covered entities" which operate a "health program or activity" have a new civil rights law to incorporate into their operations. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued its final rule to drive health equity and diminish healthcare disparities. This Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities rule is a supplement to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 is the first federal civil rights law to specifically forbid sex discrimination in both healthcare and healthcare coverage plans by any provider or insurance company that receives federal funding such as Medicare and Medicaid, and so much more. The new law, that specifically addresses sex discrimination in healthcare, protects the rights of transgendered patients with respect to healthcare administered by their provider, their health insurance carrier, and their employer. Sex discrimination also includes discriminatory treatment on the basis of pregnancy, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, recovering from pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, sex stereotyping, and gender identity.
It is not only sex discrimination that the ACA prohibits-discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, disability are also protected classes from discrimination. "Covered Entities" are instructed to provide language assistance for individuals with limited English skills with new rules about who can provide that assistance, and in what format, such as translation of documents and websites and taglines. Individuals with disabilities are likewise protected including a requirement to make websites and other electronic information accessible to those with disabilities.

Why should you attend this webinar?

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights issued the new regulations for Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. This act deals with nondiscrimination in healthcare and provides important new protections for patients including broad rules dealing with sex discrimination. Ensuring the new law is implemented will decrease the risk of liability, ensure quality and equitable care and insurance coverage of all patients thereby enhancing quality care of patients.
Sample forms healthcare institutions must use will be provided, discussion regarding healthcare disparities with LGBT patients, discussion of the first ACA lawsuit dealing with abuse of a transgender patient and its implications for all hospitals

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