Section 1557: What OCR’s New Rule Means for Providers and Patients

July 1, 2020

On June 12, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new Final Rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in healthcare. 

In 2016, OCR published a Final Rule which defined discrimination “on the basis of sex” to include gender identity and termination of pregnancy. The 2016 Final Rule also included significant compliance requirements for healthcare providers to ensure access for individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and for individuals with disabilities, to develop grievance procedures and designate compliance coordinators, and to provide nondiscrimination notices and taglines. Since it was issued, the 2016 Final Rule faced legal challenges to the definition of “sex” and complaints related to the costs of certain compliance requirements. 

The 2020 Final Rule eliminates the definition of “on the basis of sex” to include gender identity and termination of pregnancy and returns to the “plain meaning of ‘sex’ as biologically binary.” The 2020 Final Rule also eliminates some of the compliance requirements under the 2016 Final Rule and reaffirms others, including requirements to provide access for individuals with LEP and disabilities.

In this webinar, we will:

  • Review the 2020 Final Rule and OCR’s recent enforcement actions related to the Section 1557;
  • Provide compliance work plan activities to help ensure that your organization meets the new compliance requirements under the 2020 Final Rule; and
  • Discuss how the 2020 Final Rule may affect patient numbers, services, and referral partnerships for LGBTQ patients.
The On-Demand version of this webinar will be available for purchase after the conclusion of the live webinar. 

Target Audience

This webinar has been developed for federally qualified health centers, behavioral health organizations, Ryan White grantees and other healthcare providers covered by Section 1557.  Attendees may include:

  • Executive leadership, including CEOs and COOs
  • Managers, including Clinic and Site Managers
  • Compliance Officers and Risk Managers

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate your organization’s compliance with the revised requirements under the 2020 Final Rule
  • Review/revise your organization’s policies, procedures, and care model to ensure compliance with the 2020 Final Rule
  • Develop internal monitoring and auditing activities to identify your organization’s compliance risks based on OCR’s recent enforcement of Section 1557
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
  • 1.20 CPE
    FTLF is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.
Course opens: 
10/10/2019
Course expires: 
10/01/2020
Event starts: 
07/01/2020 - 3:00pm
Event ends: 
07/01/2020 - 4:00pm
Cost:
$150.00

DIANNE PLEDGIE 

As Partner and Compliance Counsel with the firm’s health law practice group, Dianne advises health centers on implementing effective compliance programs and on addressing top compliance risk areas. Dianne counsels health centers and other organizations on developing compliance programs that include the OIG’s seven elements, respond to identified compliance risk areas, and reflect the organization’s culture.  Dianne also advises health centers and other organizations on patient privacy and confidentiality, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule and 42 CFR Part 2.  She has experience responding to privacy and security incidents, including determining whether there has been a breach, notifying patients and the government, and creating corrective action plans. [Full Bio]

Participants can earn up to 1.20 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.

ATTENDEE REQUIREMENTS FOR CPE CREDIT

If you purchase CPE credit for this webinar you must satisfy the following conditions in order to receive your certificate:

  1. Answer at least 3 of the polling questions during the webinar
  2. Complete the evaluation survey after the conclusion of the webinar or in the follow-up email

Upon completion of these requirements, FTLF will email you your CPE Certificate within five (5) business days.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: This webinar has been developed for federally qualified health centers, behavioral health organizations, Ryan White grantees and other healthcare providers covered by Section 1557.  Attendees may include: Executive leadership, including CEOs and COOs, Managers, including Clinic and Site Managers, and Compliance Officers and Risk Managers
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
  • Attendance Requirements: In order to be awarded the full credits, you must respond to three (3) out of five (5) polling questions.

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website www.nasbaregistry.org (formerly www.learningmarket.org).

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
  • 1.20 CPE
    FTLF is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

Price

Cost:
$150.00
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