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Complying with OCR Section 1557 Webinar
Wednesday, December 01, 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Category: Education

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. 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 based on 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. While CMS decided not to include the law in two separate places they can punt any issue to the OCR.

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Contact: Tammy Wells