1557 Patient Nondiscrimination

Have you complied with new federal patient nondiscrimination requirements? AOA can help.

The vast majority of optometrists need to comply with new regulations required by the patient nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - section 1557, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in health care settings.

The new regulations require optometrist who accept Federal financial assistance* to do the following:  

1) Post Notice of nondiscrimination

  • Post hard copies of the notice in public spaces of the office or facility; and
  • Post the notice on the entity's Web site, if it has one

2) Post Taglines that alert individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) to the availability of language assistance services in the top 15 languages of the practice location's state.

3) Create a Grievance Procedure and Coordinator if your practice employs 15 or more people

4) Ensure that all your practices' policies and procedures comply with 1557 regulations:

Additional HHS Resources:

*Federal Financial Assistance, including, but not limited to Medicaid reimbursement, Medicare Advantage payments, community health center prospective payments, or grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). For more details on what constitutes Federal financial assistance, click here.  

**The above alert is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice. As always, the AOA recommends that you consult with a legal expert to ensure that your practice is fully compliant with all Federal, State, and Local laws.