Final Rule Published That Affects Healthcare Providers

On May 13, 2016, The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) published the Final Rule aimed at eliminating discrimination and the inequities in the provision of healthcare services.  These new Regulations, which implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), become effective July 18, 2016 and ambulance providers will need to prepare now to be in compliance in time. The provisions of Section 1557 build off of existing Title VII and other discrimination laws that extend protections to previously underserved or under-represented groups of people with regard to healthcare.  The new Regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs or activities.  In addition, the Regulations provide discrimination protections on the basis of pregnancy, gender identity, and sex stereotyping.  The Final Rule also requires that “covered entities” make available assistance for individuals with Limited English ...

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