It is the policy of The Woodruff Institute for Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
The Woodruff Institute has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. § 18116) and its implementing regulations at 45 C.F.R. pt. 92, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in certain health programs and activities. Section 1557 and its implementing regulations may be examined in the office of:
Rachel Coughlin, 23471 Walden Center Drive, Suite 200, Bonita Springs, FL 34134, tel: (239) 498-3376 ext. 320, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, who has been designated to coordinate the efforts of The Woodruff Institute to comply with Section 1557.
Any person who believes someone has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability may file a grievance under this procedure. It is against the law for The Woodruff Institute to retaliate against anyone who opposes discrimination, files a grievance, or participates in the investigation of a grievance.
• Rachel Coughlin, Practice Administrator and Section 1557 Coordinator, shall conduct an investigation of the complaint. This investigation may be informal, but it will be thorough, affording all interested persons an opportunity to submit evidence relevant to the complaint. The Section 1557 Coordinator will maintain the files and records of The Woodruff Institute relating to such grievances. To the extent possible, and in accordance with applicable law, the Section 1557 Coordinator will take appropriate steps to preserve the confidentiality of files and records relating to grievances and will share them only with those who have a need to know.
• The Section 1557 Coordinator will issue a written decision on the grievance, based on a preponderance of the evidence, no later than 30 days after its filing, including a notice to the complainant of their right to pursue further administrative or legal remedies.
• The person filing the grievance may appeal the decision of the Section 1557 Coordinator by writing to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights. A person can file a complaint of discrimination electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, which is available at: https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf
Or by mail or phone at: U.S. Department of Health and Human Service
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, D.C. 20201
Such complaints must be filed within 180 days of the date of the alleged discrimination. The Woodruff Institute will make appropriate arrangements to ensure that individuals with disabilities and individuals with limited English proficiency are provided auxiliary aids and services or language assistance services, respectively, if needed to participate in this grievance process.
Such arrangements may include, but are not limited to, providing qualified interpreters, providing taped cassettes of material for individuals with low vision, or assuring a barrier-free location for the proceedings. The Section 1557 Coordinator will be responsible for such arrangements.
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If you need help or speak a non-English language, call 1-800–368–1019 (TTY: 1-800-537-7697), and you will be connected to an interpreter who will assist you at no cost.
ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1 (800) 368-1019 (TTY: 1 (800) 537-7697).
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