Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act provides that current non-discrimination laws, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, will now apply to individuals and entities participating in any (1) healthcare program or activity that is paid for in part or administered by the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") and (2) federally facilitated and state-based health insurance marketplaces (collectively "Covered Entities"). Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and requires treatment of individuals consistent with their gender identity in federally funded healthcare programs. The law also reaffirms the previous prohibitions on discrimination based on race, color, national origin, disability and age within federally funded healthcare programs. Additionally, Section 1557 extends these nondiscrimination protections to individuals who purchase health insurance through the health insurance marketplaces.
On May 18, 2016, the HHS Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") issued a final rule implementing Section 1557. The final rule became effective on July 18, 2016. This seminar will provide the background on Section 1557, its nondiscrimination requirements and federal enforcement activities.
Why should you Attend:
The purpose of this seminar is to provide the attendee with an understanding of the discrimination provisions of the ACA. If you are involved as an management employee of a healthcare entity, you should attend this program to gain a better understanding of how and why the process works and how it impacts healthcare entities. You will gain an understanding of what you can and cannot do, and how to protect yourself and the organization from potentially devastating legal challenges. You will learn how to meet the requirements of the ACA to avoid sanction under the Act.
Further you will learn how to deal with the regulations and how to be sure you do not run afoul of discrimination requirements. You will learn how to set up a viable ACA compliance program.
Areas Covered in the Session:
A description of Section 1557
The notable provisions of Section 1557
Who must comply with provisions of Section 1557
Requirements for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP)
Examples of Race, Color , National Origin, Sex, Age or Disability Discrimination
Auxiliary Aids and Services
Health-related insurance or other health-related coverage
William Mack Copeland MS, JD, PhD, LFACHE, practices health care law in Cincinnati at the firm of Copeland Law, LLC. He is also president of Executive & Managerial Development Group, a consulting entity providing compliance and other fraud and abuse related services. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Bill is a frequent author and speaker on health law topics.
Copeland is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, American, Ohio and Cincinnati Bar Associations and is a life fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He was awarded the American College of Health Care Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award in 2007.