The Importance of Certified Medical Interpreters in Hospitals

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Certified medical interpreters in hospitals are a valuable part of the medical community. In any professional setting, effective communication is key, but in hospital and emergency situation, where being understood can be life or death, language access is critical.

New updates to the Affordable Care Act (Section 1557) prompted us to write How Can Healthcare Providers Provide a Qualified Interpreter for LEP Patients?

As a trusted service language service provider for 25+ years, Telelanguage knows the importance of having certified medical interpreters in hospitals and medical settings.   

Hospitals that receive federal funding, including Medicare and Medicaid, must provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services, and qualified interpreters.

Many hospital administrators often feel burdened by the expense of a great language access program, but the truth is having these services save time, money, resources and, yes, lives.

5 Reasons to Have Certified Medical Interpreters in Hospitals

Limited English Proficiency characterizes any individual “whose primary language for communication is not English” and “is considered an Alt="Medical Interpreters in hospitals_Low Rates Section 1557"individual with limited English proficiency if the individual has a limited ability to read, write, speak or understand English.” Medical interpreters help provide effective communication for Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients and clients.

1.) The U.S. Census Bureau Reports at Least 350 Languages Spoken in U.S. Homes.

2.) Immigrants to the United States come from many different language backgrounds and may be in various stages of English proficiency. Of the total immigrant population of 41.3 million in 2013, about half was LEP.

3.) Implementing language access programs and using certified interpreters in hospitals can reduce waste represented by overtreatment and medical errors.

4.) Research suggests that LEP patients are more likely than English-speaking (ES) patients to experience safety events caused by communication errors.

5.) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act:
“No person in the United States shall on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance”

Using certified medical interpreters in hospitals has never been so important, and with the number of LEP individuals rising in the United States, it is imperative that hospitals implement great language access programs now.

Telelanguage has over 4,000 interpreters ready to communicate in 300+ languages. Our team of certified medical interpreters is an integral and respected part of the medical community. We know making changes isn’t alway easy, that’s why we offer special low rates for Section 1557 Compliance. If you need help with compliance, please Contact Us for more information.


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