Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Office for Civil Rights Initiative to Strengthen Language Access Programs at Critical Access Hospitals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its national compliance review initiative, "Advancing Effective Communication in Critical Access Hospitals," to support language access programs in these hospitals. In concert with the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, this initiative will ensure that language access is provided so that individuals who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write or understand English or are limited English proficient (LEP) can participate in, and benefit from, quality health care services. Read the bulletin

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