Adams School of Dentistry: Policy on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

Title

Adams School of Dentistry: Policy on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

Unit Policy

I. Introduction

A. Purpose

This Policy establishes the UNC Adams School of Dentistry’s commitment to non-discrimination in the delivery of patient care in accordance with Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its implementing regulations at 45 CFR part 92.

B. Scope of Applicability

This Policy applies to all Adams School of Dentistry personnel.

II. Policy

The Adams School of Dentistry is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients. Consistent with this principle and in accordance with applicable laws, the Adams School of Dentistry does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex in its health programs and activities. The School does not exclude people or treat them differently on account of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Any such discrimination is fundamentally incompatible with the School’s mission, vision, and values, and is expressly prohibited by Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and its implementing regulations.

The School shall:

  1. designate a Section 1557 Coordinator to carry out its responsibilities under Section 1557 and under this Policy.
  2. maintain a grievance procedure to address Section 1557 grievances in a manner that incorporates appropriate due process standards and provides for the prompt and equitable resolution of such grievances.
  3. provide auxiliary aids and services, free of charge and in a timely manner, to any patient requiring communication assistance in order to ensure equal access to our health services:
    1. for persons with disabilities, free aids and services shall include qualified sign language interpretation, alternative formats of written information, and appropriate assistance from qualified staff
    2. for persons whose primary language is not English, free aids and services shall include qualified oral interpretation, qualified translations of written information, and appropriate assistance from qualified staff
  4. publish notice of its commitment to non-discrimination on its website, in conspicuous physical locations throughout the School visible to the public, and by any other appropriate methods as required by law.

III. Related Requirements

A.External Regulations and Consequences

  1. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act § 1557
  2. Final Rule on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities
  3. UNC-CH: Policy on Non-Discrimination for Program Participants
  4. UNC-CH: Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct

 B. Unit Policies, Standards, and Procedures

  1. Adams School of Dentistry: Procedure for Resolving Grievances
  2. Adams School of Dentistry: Language Access Standard

IV. Contact Information

Topic, Title, and Contact Table
Topic Title Contact
General questions about this Policy

Director of Risk & Regulatory Affairs

ACA 1557 Coordinator

David.Krawcheck@unc.edu
Language Access Spanish Interpreter ncruz@email.unc.edu

Details

Article ID: 131288
Created
Thu 4/8/21 9:05 PM
Modified
Fri 7/2/21 3:33 PM
Effective Date
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03/02/2021 12:33 PM
Issuing Officer
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Issuing Officer Title
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Director of Clinical Compliance
Last Review
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03/02/2021 12:33 PM
Last Revised
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03/08/2019 12:00 AM
Origination
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03/08/2019 12:00 AM
Responsible Unit
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Adams School of Dentistry