Post­ing of anti-bias no­tices re­quired in hos­pi­tals as of Oct. 16

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK AHEAD - —Vir­gil Dick­son

Providers this week are re­quired to be­gin pub­licly post­ing nondis­crim­i­na­tion no­tices, in­clud­ing dis­clo­sures that they pro­vide lan­guage as­sis­tance ser­vices for in­di­vid­u­als with lim­ited English pro­fi­ciency.

The re­quire­ment was out­lined in a mega anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion rule that was fi­nal­ized in May. It car­ries out the anti-bias pro­vi­sions in the Af­ford­able Care Act. The pol­icy ap­plies to any provider or pro­gram that ac­cepts fed­eral dol­lars.

To as­sist stake­hold­ers in draft­ing the pub­lic no­tices, HHS is­sued sam­ple no­ti­fi­ca­tions and taglines that can be used to meet these obli­ga­tions.

As of Oct. 16, the no­tices must be dis­played promi­nently within the en­tity’s phys­i­cal lo­ca­tion, the provider’s home­page on­line and on all “sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­ni­ca­tions and sig­nif­i­cant pub­li­ca­tions.”

The no­tices must con­tain a state­ment that the provider does not dis­crim­i­nate on the ba­sis of race, color, na­tional ori­gin, sex, gen­der iden­tity, age or dis­abil­ity. They also must in­clude con­tact in­for­ma­tion for the per­son re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing an­tidis­crim­i­na­tion com­pli­ance.

It’s also pos­si­ble that with all the var­i­ous poli­cies out­lined in the rule that some or­ga­ni­za­tions may have for­got­ten about the re­quire­ment to post the no­tice.

“Pub­lic dis­clo­sure is an area eas­ily missed and one many providers may not have pre­pared to ad­dress,” ac­cord­ing to an anal­y­sis on the rule by law firm McGuireWoods.

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