Navigating Section 1557, Effective 10/16/16

Please click here for our checklist, frequently asked questions, and resource list to navigate Section 1557.

As part of the Affordable Care Act the Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule to implement Section 1557 which prohibits discrimination in health coverage and care based on race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex. Covered Entities must take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to each individual with Limited English proficiency who is eligible to be served or likely to be encountered in their practice.

Covered Entities must provide free, accurate and timely language assistance service and protect the privacy and independence of an individual with limited English proficiency. This is obtained by offering a qualified interpreter when reasonable for oral communication and use a qualified translator to communicate directly with individuals.  The Covered Entity may not rely on bilingual/multilingual staff unless they are a qualified interpreter nor can the Covered Entity require an individual to provide his or her own interpreter.


Joint Statement on Physician-led Team-based Surgical Care from ACS and ASA

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has released a joint statement  on physician-led team-based surgical care that identifies that redesigned perioperative care models should be based on what is best for the patient, individual institutions, and practitioners and should include the following principles:

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New HIPAA Privacy Rule

Beginning February 5, 2017 a new HIPAA Privacy Rule allowing certain Covered Entities the ability to disclose to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) will become effective.

The identities of those individuals who, for specific mental health reasons, may be reported who are already prohibited by Federal law from having a firearm.  While this provision enables the reporting of the identities of these individuals to the background check system, their individual privacy interests are protected.

Rebecca Tutton, R.N., J.D.

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HHS OCR Ransomware Guidance

According to HHS, “One of the biggest current threats to health information privacy is the serious compromise of the integrity and availability of data caused by malicious cyber-attacks on electronic health information systems, such as through ransomware.” To help health care entities better understand and respond to the threat of ransomware, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has released new HIPAA guidance, The FACT SHEET: Ransomware and HIPAA.

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Arkansas Mutual Awards $10,000 Scholarship to UAMS Medical Student To Pursue Primary Care

LITTLE ROCK — Mikaila Wilson Calcagni, of Fayetteville, has been awarded the Arkansas Mutual Medical Student Award, a scholarship for third-year medical students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), who want to practice primary care in rural Arkansas.

Calcagni, who comes from a family of nurses including her father and grandmother, said it was a study abroad trip to Sweden that opened her eyes to primary care.

“Here, we focus so much on fixing a problem after it appears instead of trying to prevent it,” she said. “For me, primary care helps provide prevention.”

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