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Summaries of Selected OCR Complaint Investigations to Protect the Civil Rights of Persons with HIV/AIDS
A.T. Associates, Inc. (Resolved on September 11, 2007) - OCR secured corrective action at A.T. Associates’ nursing home chain to make approximately 200 additional nursing home beds available to persons with HIV/AIDS in Northern California. OCR’s Region IX office investigated the complaint, which was filed by an African-American veteran who attempted to get admitted to an A. T. Associates nursing home after hip-replacement surgery. However, because of the complainant’s HIV status and young age, the nursing home refused to admit him. After completing the investigation, OCR intervened and required the nursing home chain (which consists of three Northern California skilled nursing facilities) to: (1) issue to all staff a new nondiscrimination policy expressly prohibiting HIV/AIDS discrimination and place the new policy in patient brochures; (2) provide annual mandatory staff training on the new nondiscrimination policy, procedures for admitting persons with HIV/AIDS, universal precautions, and the protection of patients’ health information privacy; (3) notify hospital discharge planners that its facilities now admit otherwise qualified persons with HIV/AIDS; and (4) affirm its compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794; and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, 42 U.S.C. § 6101 et seq. Read the A. T. Associates Closure Letter.
HOW TO FILE A HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINT - Information on filing a complaint alleging a violation of your civil rights. Complaints must be filed within 180 days from the date of the alleged discriminatory act unless there is "good cause".
Health Information Privacy Resources
HOW TO FILE A HEALTH INFORMATION PRIVACY COMPLAINT - Information on filing a complaint alleging a violation of your health information privacy rights.
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