As of September 1, 2016, OCR will accept only Assurance of Compliance forms and only via
the Assurance of Compliance Portal for clearance purposes.
CMS has legal authority under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require health care providers to meet the legal requirements of the civil rights
nondiscrimination statutes and regulations enforced by OCR in order to participate in the Medicare Part A program. Medicare Part A providers are required to
sign an attestation of their compliance with all applicable civil rights laws enforced by OCR (including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act).
This attestation is referred to as an Assurance of Compliance, and it can be found on the HHS website
(Form HHS-690). New applicants for Medicare funding and
current providers undergoing a change of ownership are responsible for submitting this attestation electronically to OCR via
the Assurance of Compliance Portal.
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