OCR Nondiscrimination Rule: Requirements and Compliance

Recorded On: 12/06/2016

The HHS Office of Civil Rights published a final rule May 18, 2016, broadening the nondiscrimination requirements applicable to all health programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance from HHS, those administered by HHS, and Health Insurance Marketplaces. The final rule implements section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and adds two important categories of protections: (1) prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex; and (2) mandatory meaningful access for individuals with limited English proficiency. Also included in the final rule, OCR outlines specific actions covered entities must take to signal their compliance with these nondiscrimination requirements. Generally effective July 18, 2016, the notification section of the final rule was effective October 16, 2016. This final rule has largely flown under the radar since its publication, begging the question: are you prepared to comply with the new requirements? Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, for a webinar titled “OCR Nondiscrimination Rule: Requirements and Compliance,” to hear from two experts: Carol Loepere (Reed Smith, AHCA General Counsel) and Janine Valdez (Genesis, Compliance Officer), to learn more about the rule and what steps you should be taking now to ensure compliance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the most important requirements in the regulation (e.g., notification and grievance processes)
  • Recognize instances of prohibited discrimination
  • Identify important steps necessary to come into compliance with the new rule
  • Understand where to find helpful resources


Carol Loepere, AHCA General Counsel, Reed Smith
Janine Valdez, Compliance Officer, Genesis

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