A recently issued rule requiring health care facilities receiving government payments to post non-discrimination notices in their offices goes into effect July 18.
The ruling was issued May 13 by the Department of Health and Human Services to implement section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.
“Under the rule, individuals are protected from discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity and sex stereotyping,” according to a DHHS press release.
A fact sheet published by the New York State Dental Association indicates that dental practices are covered under the rule if they accept Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program payments or if they receive “meaningful use” payments under Medicare and the Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Program. Simply accepting reimbursement under Medicare Part B, however, does not require compliance with this rule.