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  • H-1B visa application: foreign national documentation guide
    March 2, 2016

    On April 1, 2016, USCIS will start accepting H-1B work status petitions for the next fiscal year. H-1B is a temporary work permit intended for people with higher education and highly specialized skills like architecture, science, and software engineering. 

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  • Language Assessments – Getting It Right
    February 23, 2016

    See if these three scenarios sound familiar:

    “The parents  ‘did not understand the very significant risks of the procedure, including complete kidney failure and a life of dialysis and kidney transplants, nor were they informed of alternatives to the surgery, including monitoring the kidney for months,’ documents state.”

    “Her parents primarily spoke Vietnamese, yet no competent interpreter was used. Instead, records show that the 9-year-old patient and her 16-year-old brother served as interpreters during the medical encounter.”

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  • Which American presidents were translators and language lovers?
    February 17, 2016
    Which American presidents were translators and language lovers?

    Do you know which of American presidents spoke Chinese with his family, which one was a translator, and which one brought an ASL interpreter to national TV for the first time? In honor of the Presidents Day, which was celebrated on February 16, we gathered some interesting facts about those American presidents who are known for their linguistic skills or other language-related facts. You will also find great tips on learning languages from some past leaders of the nation. 

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  • The Legal World Has Changed
    February 11, 2016

    Two years ago, I gave a presentation to one of the country’s largest health care providers.  During the Q&A portion of my talk, I was asked about federal laws prohibiting discrimination in health care based on sexual orientation and sexual identity. My response – There basically are none.  No federal statutes, I said, ban sexual orientation or identity discrimination. 

    Wow – Times sure have changed.  

    Last year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) decided that federal employment discrimination law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) protected gays and lesbians from workplace sexual orientation discrimination.  The EEOC ruled that discrimination based on sexual orientation really is  a kind of gender stereotyping stereotyping based on sex, and is illegal under federal law.

    In 2015, while preparing proposed non-discrimination rules under the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services took note of the EEOC action.  HHS’s new rules, likely to be published in 2016, will prohibit health care discrimination based on sexual identity and orientation.  As HHS explained:

    “… a recent EEOC decision concluded that Title VII's prohibition of discrimination ‘on the basis of sex’ precludes sexual orientation discrimination because discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily involves sex-based considerations. “

    Also last year, a federal court in Minnesota decided for the first time that transgender patients alleging sexual identity discrimination could sue for money under the Affordable Care Act. This landmark court decision has major implications for health care providers. The case is proceeding toward trial so there may well be more developments for future reporting.

    So, what do you do?  

    The vast majority of health care providers that I speak with are unprepared for new federal rules outlawing LGBT discrimination.  These providers do not have LGBT patient care training for staff and do not have cultural competence programs that address the needs of the LGBT community. But soon, federal law from HHS will require them to do so.

    So, what do you do?  Understanding the new legal order and getting ready for new federal rules that are fast approaching are important first steps. 

    Get a heads-up about all this on February 25 …. It's Coming - Are You Ready for HHS's New Non-Discrimination Rules for Health Care Providers?  

    Register now!  

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4277003847410078466

    © Bruce L. Adelson, 2016 All Rights Reserved The material herein is educational and informational only. No legal advice is intended or conveyed.

    Bruce L. Adelson, Esq, CEO of Federal Compliance Consulting LLC, is nationally recognized for his compliance expertise concerning many federal laws., Mr. Adelson is a former U.S Department of Justice Senior Attorney.  During his Justice career, Mr. Adelson had national enforcement and policy responsibility. 

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  • Join Us for It's Coming - Are You Ready for HHS's New Non-Discrimination Rules for Health Care Providers?
    February 5, 2016
    Join Us for It's Coming - Are You Ready for HHS's New Non-Discrimination Rules for Health Care Providers?

    Join us for a webinar on Feb 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM EST.

    Bromberg & Associates together with Bruce Adelson, Attorney at Law, invite you to our newest webinar. 
     
    The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has announced a new Affordable Care Act non-discrimination rule, which has new standards & new requirements for health care providers. 
     
    Importantly, the new rule will for the first time prohibit transgender and sex discrimination in health care. These new sex discrimination rules will be especially important for providers. 
     
    According to HHS: 
     
    "[T]he proposed rule makes clear that individuals can seek legal remedies for discrimination under Section 1557." 
     
    In our webinar, we will use our expertise to outline the new mandates and what they mean for health care providers. 
     
    As a bonus, we will update you about new federal court decisions on Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination, deaf patients, and health care providers. The courts' rulings inform how providers must approach their own ADA compliance. 
     
    Your hosts: 
     
    Bromberg & Associates is a full range language service provider, DBE and WBE certified business, and GSA Federal Supply Schedule Award holder. Our services cover all areas of the language industry: translation; interpreting (Onsite, Video Remote & Telephonic); web site translation and localization; multilingual desktop publishing and AV services; language training; cultural awareness training and much more. We work with over 60 languages locally and 170 languages worldwide. 
     
    Bruce L. Adelson, Esq, is a former U.S Department of Justice Senior Trial Attorney. He is nationally recognized for his expertise concerning federal law enforcement and health care compliance. 
     
    For additional information and to register, please contact: 
     
    Bromberg's Business Development Specialist, Wendy Yuille at Wendy@BrombergTranslations.com or Bruce Adelson at badelsonfcc@verizon.net
     
    You may also register at 
     
    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4277003847410078466 
     
    Registration subject to approval. We look forward to your joining us.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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  • Doing the right thing is good business
    February 1, 2016

    Concerns about health care diversity, cultural awareness and health care disparities continue to elicit myriad reactions among C-Suite leaders and health care practitioners. Some reactions, as chronicled by Dr. Robert Like (M.D.) in his “A Failure to Communicate - Caring for Patients with Limited English Proficiency,” include ‘Isn’t this just political correctness [PC] run amuck?’ I also hear people say, ‘Well, how do you expect me to learn about every different population on the planet?’ 

    However, today’s realities impel providers to view these concerns through a different lens, that goes beyond what is and what is not “PC.” Considerations involving health care diversity, cultural awareness and equity of care are more paramount, now, in health care than ever before.  Affordable Care Act (ACA) legal mandates concerning population health management, alleviating disparities and 30-day readmission penalties all are, or will be, driving providers to examine such issues with more detail and resources than previously to address ACA and other federal legal requirements and provide patient care. Indeed, according to the American Hospital Association, “Eliminating linguistic and cultural barriers can help aid assessment of patients and reduce the need for unnecessary and potentially risky diagnostic tests.”

    In addition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) new “Plan to Address Health Equity in Medicare” will focus health care’s attention even more on equity of care and disparity issues because of CMS’s singularly powerful role in regulating the Medicare program and penalizing hospitals for excessive 30-day readmissions. CMS’s significant weight, coupled with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ expansive and newly proposed non-discrimination rule under ACA Section 1557 will substantially contribute to further forward progress in the equity of care and diversity conversation

    But concerns about health care diversity, cultural awareness and health care disparities go beyond compliance with federal law. They also positively affect providers’ financial bottom lines. Simply put, they are good business and can result in significant increased revenues. For example, according to a recent Harvard Business Review study, “diversity unlocks innovation and drives market growth.” A hospital that installed culturally competent maternity suites, with legally compliant and effective language assistance for limited English proficient patients and culturally aware staff experienced 2,000 more maternity in-patient stays than in the previous year, before adopting the culturally aware path to greater revenue.

    The facts speak for themselves. Much more than “political correctness,” more than “the right thing to do,” health care diversity, cultural awareness, and alleviating health care disparities are good business and will continue to grow revenues for the health care providers that adopt them.

    Bruce L. Adelson, Esq, CEO of Federal Compliance Consulting LLC, is nationally recognized for his health care law expertise. Bruce is a former U.S Department of Justice Senior Trial Attorney. During his Justice career, Bruce had national law and policy enforcement responsibility. Federal Compliance Consulting LLC provides consultation and training services across the United States and throughout the world. Bruce has been the testifying and consulting expert in several federal and state lawsuits, including cases alleging violations of federal language and disability access law by health care providers. In 2014, the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana qualified Bruce as an expert witness in several areas, including civil rights and allegations of discrimination. 

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    Automation Alley
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    Private Client
  • Your company has a very good reputation. Your associates are informative, efficient, friendly and helpful. I consider myself very lucky that I worked with Bromberg & Associates to have my birth certificate translated from Spanish to English. All initial document transfers and revisions were done electronically via e-mail. I appreciate Bromberg’s use of technology. I never had to drive to Hamtramck. Apparently, other translation agencies don’t pay such careful attention to the exactness of the original document layout. Your fine attention to detail is greatly appreciated. I received the translation in the mail and was thrilled that I got the documents so quickly. I was back at the Secretary of State Super Center and they accepted the translation no problem. I have possession of my enhanced driver’s license thanks to Bromberg. 

    Ellen Hochberg
    schoolcraft.edu
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    Dorota
    Private Client
  • The Hamtramck Housing Commission is very pleased with the work performed by Bromberg & Associates. Our project was complicated and extremely sensitive to our continued success.  Bromberg provided us with top-notch service at an affordable price. The entire Bromberg staff provided quick, reliable service; they were very responsive to our needs and finished our difficult project with ease. Bromberg accomplished what no other firms were unable to even touch.  I would not hesitate to use their services again, or recommend them to anyone.  

    Chris
    Hamtramck Housing Commission
  • I would like to thank you for your excellent service and prompt delivery of CDs we ordered.Our agency delivers Language Interpreter Courses in partnership with St. Clair College and your Linguistic Resources for Medical and Legal interpreters in different languages are very helpful for our students.We are looking forward for long cooperation with your company and for your new products.

    Lana Gurbouzov
    Language Services Coordinator, Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County
  • Brombeg & Associates was excellent to work with. Their response was prompt, their translations thorough, and their staff knowledgeable. They provided every document for review and once approved sent the notarized copies within 24 hours!

    Kyle McAllister
    Private Client
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    Dana Zolynsky
    Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • I have used Bromberg & Associates many times over the past year for various language projects. Bromberg has been able to fill my entire request very timely and their linguists are extremely professional. Bromberg is my "go-to" foreign language company for all my company's needs.

    Kim Brothers
  • Our business's experience with Bromberg & Associates goes back several years. They have always been fast to respond, reasonably priced and do excellent follow-up on everything. Very professional and extremely attentive to detail. We are very happy to have been dealing with Bromberg & Associates!

    Douglas Rossire