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New e-book helps dentists comply with Sec. 1557 final rule

June 08, 2017

By David Burger

Dentists with practices that receive certain federal financial assistance might understandably remain confused about Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.

The ADA is helping those dentists with a new e-book, "The ADA Practical Guide to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act," which gives readers resources and tools to help them comply with the Sec. 1557 final rule.

Sec. 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in health programs or activities by dental practices that receive federal financial assistance. Dental offices that receive federal funding through U.S. Department of Health and Human Services programs must comply with the Section 1557 final rule.

The Sec. 1557 final rule, which went into effect in 2016, requires that notices of nondiscrimination be posted in the office, on websites and on significant publications and communications. Taglines in the top 15 non-English languages spoken in the state must also be posted, indicating that free language-assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency.

A dental practice is covered by Sec. 1557 final rule if it receives reimbursement under Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program or "meaningful use" payments under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Program. In addition, the final rule applies to a dental practice that receives reimbursement under Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C), whether the plan reimburses the dentist or the patient.

The e-book guides dentists through elements of the compliance process and provides a sample notice of nondiscrimination, as well as the ADA sample tagline targeted to dentistry.

The e-book (P587T) is $29.95 for ADA members, and $44.90 retail. Readers can save 15 percent on this and all ADA Catalog products with promo code 17130 until July 31. To order, visit or call 1-800-947-4746.

The ADA has provided resources to members on complying with Section 1557 online. Find out more at