Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Upcoming OIG Culturally/Linguistically Service Survey
The HHS, Office of Inspector General (OIG) is scheduled to send out a short survey in mid-December 2009 to Medicare Part A Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) providers to determine compliance with standards on culturally and linguistically appropriate services in Medicare. We encourage you to quickly and carefully respond to this OIG request. As we previously reported, the OIG’s 2010 Work Plan describes the Federal government’s plan to review whether health care organizations, including long term care providers, are complying with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Minority Health (OMH) issuances against national origin discrimination and the protection afforded to persons with limited English proficiency. The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) requires OIG to review the extent which Medicare providers are complying with the OCR guidance and OMH standards, and to describe the costs associated with or savings related to the provision of language services to comply with these issuances.
Posted by Dianne De La Mare at 6:53 AM