On Friday, April 14, 2023, The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia sent a Dear Colleagues Letter to remind healthcare providers of the rules surrounding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Pursuant to the ADA, healthcare providers must ensure that communication with individuals with disabilities meets their required communication needs. Healthcare providers may not decline to provide treatment to an individual due to their communication disabilities and are required to take affirmative steps in providing reasonable accommodations including auxiliary aids and services (e.g., sign language interpreters, means of making visually delivered materials available to those with vision impairment, and speech-to-speech transliterators).
This client advisory from MSV counsel, Hancock, Daniel & Johnson, P.C., goes into greater detail of what practices need to know. Please read the advisory and share with your practice managers and legal representation.
Given the timing of The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia’s action—the MSV would strongly encourage its members to familiarize themselves with all aspects of the ADA and review their compliance with the statute.
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