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    Does anyone know if there are any laws stating physicians have to pay for translators?

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    Quote Originally Posted by penguins11 View Post
    Does anyone know if there are any laws stating physicians have to pay for translators?
    Yes - it's the ADA...

    This article is in reference to sign language interpreters, but it's applicable to all kinds:
    http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/phys...erpreters.page

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    You may find some helpful information in this link, too.

    http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/r...ialtopics/lep/

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    Thanks for all the responses!

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    No payers are required to pay for a translator. We just had this discussion with Excellus.

    They told us we were required to offer, but it is part of good patient care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajudd View Post
    No payers are required to pay for a translator. We just had this discussion with Excellus.

    They told us we were required to offer, but it is part of good patient care.
    I'd argue that it's essential to good patient care; hence, the legal requirement in the ADA. I'd fight that, if that's really their only rationale for denying it.

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