Florham Park senior attorney Melissa Provost published an article for the LaborSphere blog titled, “New ACA Rule Changes Hospitals’ Obligations to Provide Auxiliary Aids to Patients and Companions.” Melissa discussed the Depart of Health and Human Services (HHS) final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which addresses effective communication for individuals with disabilities.

One notable requirement of the rule is that hospitals must give “primary consideration” to an individual’s preference regarding auxiliary aids for effective communication, including requests for on-site ASL interpreters and other types of auxiliary aids. Under this rule, public entities must honor the choice, unless it can demonstrate that another equally effective means of communication is available, or that use of the means would create a fundamental alteration in the service or undue financial burden.

Read the full post.

Source: LaborSphere Blog