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New ACA Non-Discrimination Rules

July 18th is coming! Are you ready?
On July 18, 2016, the long-awaited final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities goes into effect. The new rule tackles two vital issues for patient-centered care: language access for Limited English Proficient, deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind and visually impaired patients […]

“Win” For Hospital and Doctor in ADA Case Brought by Deaf Patient

Collins v. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Part II – Tips for Avoiding “Win = Loss” Cases

In my last blog, I discussed the Collins v. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center decision. In that case, the Court found that a hospital and doctor properly accommodated a deaf patient without providing her with an ASL interpreter. The focus of the previous blog was to highlight the fact that, […]

Down the Interpreting Rabbit Hole

The Joint Commission tells us that “effective communication is critical to the successful delivery of health care services.” No one would try to argue with that statement. But what does “effective communication” really mean?  Unfortunately, there is no one answer. In fact, there are millions of answers! Why?

Because health care providers must communicate health information […]