National Council on Interpreting in Health Care - FAQ for Healthcare Professionals

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This web page from the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC) provides information to healthcare professionals about language access service provision. It defines healthcare interpreting, what distinguishes a bilingual person from a qualified interpreter, and the difference between qualified and certified interpreters. It outlines the NCIHC's comprehensive process for initial assessment of qualifications for health care interpreting, which includes basic language skills, a code of ethics, knowledge of cultural issues, health care terminology, ability with integrated interpreting skills, and translation of simple instructions. The web page outlines HHS guidance for language access services, and offers background information on the law and reimbursement for language services. Guidance on finding healthcare interpreters, training, and certification is provided.

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National Council on Interpreting in Health Care
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The English language resource was created or reviewed by a medical professional for quality and accuracy.
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Resource in English Only
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Keywords:
Certification, Codes of ethics, Delivery of health care, Health Personnel, Language, Translations
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Date Last Reviewed:
1/1/2008
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