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HHS Extends the Antidiscrimination Provisions of the Affordable Care Act to Patient Care Decision Support Tools, Including Algorithms

Summary of article from Epstein Becker Green, by Bradley Merrill Thompson:

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has published its final rule on algorithmic discrimination by payers and health care providers. The rule, based on section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability through the use of patient care decision support tools. Covered entities are required to identify and mitigate the risk of discrimination in these tools, with larger, more sophisticated organizations held to a higher compliance standard. The rule applies to both automated and non-automated tools and is set to become effective 300 days after its publication. OCR is also considering additional rulemaking to expand the scope of the regulation.