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OCR and DOJ Enforce Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act

January 04, 2017

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut (DOJ), entered into a Voluntary Resolution Agreement with the John Dempsey Hospital, a subsidiary of the University of Connecticut Health Center (UConn Health), to ensure effective communication with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.


OCR Issues Healthcare Phishing Email Alert

November 25, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Right (OCR) has issued an alert regarding a phishing e-mail disguised as an official OCR audit communication.


Section 1557 Compliance Requirements

October 26, 2016

Section 1557, the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act, requires covered entities, including Medicare/Medicaid participating hospitals, pharmacies, and health plans, to adhere to specific interpretation and translation requirements to meet quality standards ensuring meaningful access to care for Limited English Proficient and Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing populations.