Complying OCR Section 1557, Law Every Hospital Should Know: Discrimination; Interpreters, Assistive Devices & More

A New Law for Hospitals; Discrimination; Interpreter, 2 Required Signs: Complying with Section 1557: OCR & CMS Hospital CoPs

This webinar will discuss a law that applies to all hospitals, including critical access hospitals, and other healthcare providers such as physician offices and nursing homes. Have you posted the required two signs, amended the patient rights statement, trained your staff, and implemented your policies yet? Have your selected an employee, such as a patient advocate, to address any grievances on discrimination?

The law addresses a civil rights law for healthcare providers and others and addresses nondiscrimination, required signs and notices, interpreters, and more under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. It forbids discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, age, and disability. It builds on long standing and familiar Federal civil rights laws. This is the first law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex (which includes gender, gender identity and sex stereotyping) in covered health programs and activities. This program will discuss case law regarding several issues important to hospitals and the recent federal register with changes by the OCR to comply with these including not requiring hospitals to perform an abortion if against their religious beliefs and issues related to gender.

This program will also cover the CMS final changes to the hospital CoPs which discuss this law under the Hospital Improvement Rule. CMS noted there were no prohibitions in the hospital CoPs on gender identities which can be a barrier to seeking care. Numerous studies have shown the impact or the perceived discrimination when seeking care. Many reports, including an IOM report, found that many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients refrain from disclosing sexual orientation or gender to their health care provider. While CMS decided not to include the law in two separate places they can punt any issue to the OCR.

Hospital & compliance expert Sue Dill Calloway, will also discuss some proposed changes to OCR Section 1557 and these proposed changes were 204 pages long. These exclude discrimination based upon gender identity and termination of pregnancy from the definition of sex discrimination. This was done to comply with the findings of a federal court case. It would also make changes to the notice and tagline requirements.

Hospitals are required to have a policy on nondiscrimination and must educate their staff. Patients must be notified in a language they can understand and how to file a complaint if they encounter discrimination. Interpreters must be qualified and this will be explained.
This program will help meet the education requirements to ensure your employees know and follow this law. Have you made the required policy changes? Has staff been educated on these new policies which includes physicians and mid level providers? Do you have the requisite sign posted? Do you provide information contained in the 15 or so taglines so patients are aware of their right to an interpreter. Have you designated an employee (civil rights coordinator) to work with patients who file a grievance? Case scenarios will be discussed. Resources will provided such as a list of each state’s 15 taglines and OCR has these in 64 languages. Sample notice to be posted and sample grievance procedure will also be provided.

Session Agenda

  • Interpreters; Discrimination prevention

  • 2 required signs

  • Proposed changes

  • Revision of complaint policy

  • Required person to handle complaints

  • Policies required; Training required

  • Assistive devices such as magnifying glasses

  • Revised admission process

  • OIG cases against hospitals

Session Objectives

  • Discuss that hospitals are required to post a sign regarding nondiscrimination

  • Describe that the hospital must have a sign with 15 taglines so patients are aware they are entitled to an interpreter at no cost

  • Recall that the Office of Civil Rights is the main enforcer of Section 1557

  • Discuss that the hospital must have a person in charge to work with patients who file a grievance related to nondiscrimination

Who Should Attend?

  • Risk Manager, Compliance Officer

  • Patient Advocates, Consumer Advocates, Healthcare Attorneys

  • Physicians, Mid Levels

  • Chief Medical Officer, CEO, COO, CNO, Nurse Managers,

  • ED Managers, Nurses, Nurse Supervisors,

  • Director of Registration, Director of Physician Office Practices,

  • Human Resources, Person in charge of Interpreting Services,

  • Director of Education, Policy Committee, and

  • Anyone else involved in complying with federal laws and the hospital CoPs

Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.

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Date / Time : 04 Aug 2020 @ 01:00 PM EST

Duration : 120 Minutes

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Sue Dill Calloway RN, Esq. CPRHM CCMSCP AD, BSN, MSN, JD

Alt Text Sue Dill Calloway, R.N., M.S.N, J.D. is a nurse attorney and President of Patient Safety and Healthcare Consulting and Education. She is also the past Chief Learning Officer for the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation and a board member. She was a director for risk management and patient safety for readmore...


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Webinar Information

Date / Time : 04 Aug 2020 @ 01:00 PM EST

Duration : 120 Minutes

Number Of Attendees

Avail Discount At Checkout

For Group Registration
Contact 1888-437-7218 or
Email us at