Category Archives: Language Access

Ensuring Meaningful Access to Health Care

There is a growing body of evidence that language barriers for individuals with limited English proficiency has a direct relationship to the quality of health care. Providing language assistance services can improve the quality of care and reduce health care disparities among individuals with limited English proficiency. Language assistance services include both verbal interpretation services and written translation services. There are many useful resources that can help support the many reasons for improving language access, including legal and regulatory requirements, patient safety, risk management, quality improvement and disparities reduction. Hospitals, health plans, community health centers and physician office practices have all demonstrated the feasibility and importance of ensuring language access.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Understanding Communication and Language Needs of Medicare Beneficiaries

This issue brief from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) describes the communication and language needs of Medicare beneficiaries. CMS conducted an analysis of the 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) data to explore … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: How Healthcare Providers Meet Patient Language Needs

This issue brief from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services describes how health care providers are identifying and responding to the language needs of their patients who speak languages other than English, or are limited English proficient (LEP). The … Continue reading

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Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center: Opportunities for Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations to Advance Health Equity

This report summarizes the work to date and identifies future opportunities for Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) to advance health equity as part of their health system transformation activities. CCOs are obligated to identify and pursue opportunities to advance health … Continue reading

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National Quality Forum: Request for Comments on Draft Report on Healthcare Disparities Measurement

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has released a draft report, A Roadmap to Reduce Health and Healthcare Disparities through Measurement. The report was developed by NQF Standing Committee on Disparities, and was funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid … Continue reading

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Integrating Health Literacy, Cultural Competence, and Language Access Services

The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) has published a summary of a workshop on integrating health literacy, cultural competence, and language access services. Health care organizations are searching … Continue reading

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Office for Minority Health: Compendium of State-Level Activities and Legislation on National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) has published a compendium of state-sponsored activities and an interactive map listing state legislative activities implementing its National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS). … Continue reading

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National Health Law Program: Analysis of ACA Section 1557 Final Rule

This is the National Health Law Program’s initial analysis of the final rule implementing section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibiting discrimination in federally funded health programs and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights: Final Rule Prohibiting Discrimination Under Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has issued its final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Final Rule for Managed Care in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a final rule, updating requirements for managed care plans funded by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  The updated requirements are aligned with requirements enacted by the Affordable Care Act … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Technical Guidance for Marketplaces to Ensure Meaningful Access by Limited-English Proficient Speakers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided updated technical guidance to health insurance marketplaces, qualified health plans, and online health insurance brokers for ensuring meaningful access to their products and services by individuals with limited English proficiency … Continue reading

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