U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office for Civil Rights
PreGrants Portal: Civil Rights Clearance for Medicare Provider Applicants

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Process for Civil Rights Clearance for Medicare Part A Provider Applicants

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 (PDF)). 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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If you have any additional information to add to your clearance, you may call 1-800-368-1019. Please reference the number given by OCR when submitting your clearance.
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