Recent Posts by Danielle Meder

How a Federal Ruling on the ADA Shifted the Paradigm for Language Access

Language access is an undisputed necessity for patients when they are seeking medical care, and federal laws protect the right to that access. Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act guarantees language access to limited English proficiency (LEP) patients, and the American with Disabilities Act...

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How Do You Know if Interpreters are HIPAA Compliant?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federally mandated law that protects patients' privacy and all identifiable health information from being shared without a patient’s consent. However, the Privacy Rule that is attached to HIPAA allows for minimally...

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Your Office Needs an ASL Interpreter...Now What?

Your medical office has just set an appointment with a Deaf patient. Now you need to arrange for an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. If this is the first time your office has needed ASL interpreting, you might not know where to start, but there are straightforward ways to ensure you...

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Your Checklist for Selecting the Best VRI Company

Interpreting services are a necessity in medical environments for Deaf patients. The quality of their care depends on clear and effective communication, and interpreters help make that happen. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Rehabilitation Act of 1973 outlines the legal obligations...

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ASL Interpreters—are they "hamming it up?"

Recently, a light has been cast on American Sign Language (ASL) and its presence on the national stage. Interpreters are regularly seen standing beside city officials as they brief their communities on dangerous weather conditions or next to political leaders. The increased presence and...

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