Section 1557 of the ACA seems to have slipped through undetected by most practices.
By now, we know that discrimination is against the law. Or we should know. Consequently, many physician practices don’t know the compliance standards of ACA Section 1557, and that they are currently NONCOMPLIANT. And who can blame a busy practice administrator?? With so many new rules & regulations, this was easy to miss.
IF a practice knows about Section 1557, the administrator assumes that it doesn’t apply to their practice. So who does this regulation apply to? ANY provider receiving federal assistance from HHS. Those would include:
- Medicare Parts A, C & D
- Grants and Credits from HHS, such as Meaningful Use payments
So, what does a practice have to do to become compliant?
There are 7 required elements included in Section 1557. For instance, there is information regarding language assistance services being available free of charge to the patient. In addition, it explains how a patient can obtain auxiliary aids, free of charge. Also included is information regarding the grievance procedure for any action prohibited by Section 1557.
A non-discrimination notice that contains all 7 requirements must be posted in a number of places. One is a conspicuous physical location at the practice location, like the waiting room. In addition to the office, a link to the notice must be accessible from the practice’s website home page.
Interested in finding out about the entire set of regulations?
The official ruling can be found here:
We’ve tried to make the rules easy to understand, so we’ve created a whole page on our website. That can be found here:
Don’t allow your practice to be non-compliant. It’s an easy fix. Not knowing about the requirements seems to be the biggest issue.