July 2017 Volume LII Number 4

 
 
 
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Member Benefit Spotlight

July 2017 Volume LII Number 4

AAPD Announces Specially Priced Language Interpretation Services for Members

The AAPD is partnering with Martti™ (My Accessible Real-Time Trusted Interpret- er) to provide highly effective video language interpretation services for Limited English Proficient and Deaf and Hard of Hearing patients, at a reduced rate exclusively for AAPD members.

Martti provides live video medical interpreting to help eliminate health care disparities related to language and cultural barriers. Martti provides access to interpret- ers of nearly 60 languages via live video and to more than 250 languages via live audio interpreting. Both Martti interpretation offer- ings connect to its highly qualified, certified medical interpreters. Martti interpreters have a thorough understanding of the U.S. health care system and are some of the most cultur- ally competent interpreters in the market.

Due to the release of Section 1557 federal regulations in 2016, health care providers, including dentists, who receive federal finan- cial assistance (such as those participating in Medicaid or CHIP) must post notices in the top 15 languages spoken in their state that free language assistance services are avail- able, and ensure their interpreters (including bilingual staff) are qualified.

Therefore, the AAPD surveyed the market and identified an easily obtainable, reliable, and affordable interpretation solution— Video Medical Interpretation. This capability will afford you a number of advantages in treating your patients with limited English proficiency, particularly those families who speak rarer languages when it is unlikely your practice would have a staff person fluent/ capable of providing such an interpretation. AAPD Immediate Past President Dr. Jade Miller said, "AAPD is always looking for enhancing members’ benefits and this is just another example, to allow discounted access to state-of-the-art video medical interpreta- tion services."

Pricing options start as low as $0.85 per minute for audio-only interpretation. To request Martti, visit www.martti.us/aapd/. Please note that the AAPD supports ADA efforts to repeal the section 1557 regulations. However, even if that were to occur, interpre- tation services will continue to be important in health care delivery in our increasingly diverse society.

The AAPD also notes that State Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) contracts may also require MCOs to provide and pay for such services. The billing code for such services should be D9994 dental case management – patient education to improve oral health literacy.

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