Primary Provisions . Providers are now required to provide free translation services to patients who are not proficient in the English language. Each group must post a notice of nondiscrimination relating to people who cannot adequately speak the English language. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has published a form that you can use for the notice. The notice must also contain a “tagline” in the 15 most prevalently spoken languages in your particular state. The OCR has published the top 15 languages spoken in each state, and has also published the taglines in those languages. If you have 15 or more employees, you must develop a language access plan, appoint a compliance officer, and develop grievance procedures for patient complaints. You must also submit HHS Form 690 attesting to compliance.
CPT® retains existing codes to report specific percutaneous procedures. For example, percutaneous cholecystostomy (creating a surgical opening in the gallbladder using a percutaneous approach) is still reported using 47490 Cholecystostomy, percutaneous, complete procedure, including imaging guidance, catheter placement, cholecystogram when performed, and radiological supervision and interpretation ; and cavity drainage is still reported with codes for thoracentesis (32554 Thoracentesis, needle or catheter, aspiration of the pleural space; without imaging guidance , 32555 Thoracentesis, needle or catheter, aspiration of the pleural space; with imaging guidance ) and abdominal paracentesis (49082 A bdominal paracentesis (diagnostic or therapeutic); without imaging guidance , 49083 Abdominal paracentesis (diagnostic or therapeutic); with imaging guidance ).