Massachusetts Medical Society: Legal Advisor - Treating Patients with Limited English Proficiency

Legal Advisor - Treating Patients with Limited English Proficiency

Legal Advisor - Treating Patients with Limited English Proficiency

Course Overview

Physicians face a growing and challenging demographic of patients in the United States who have limited English proficiency.  These patients are entitled to the same quality of care as English speaking patients, but physicians often lack the knowledge of this fact, or the experience to make sure that they provide the same level of care.

The informational material in this course details the legal framework that surrounds providing medical care to patients with limited English proficiency.  The majority of the information comes from guides provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other government entities.

Learning Objectives

  • Classify the circumstances in which to use oral interpretation or written interpretation.
  • Discuss the balancing nature of the four-part analysis.
  • Explain when a physician is required to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to medical services.
  • Differentiate between vital documents and non-vital documents for written translations


Matthew Mortensen, Content contributor

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: $15.00 
Non-MMS Member: $30.00 
Allied Health Professionals: $12.00



CME Credit

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Accreditation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

MOC Approval Statement 
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Allergy and Immunology
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Family Medicine
Nuclear Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry & Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA).

Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Activity Term

Original Released Date: May 29, 2017
Review Date: N/A
Termination Date: May 29, 2020

System Requirements

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8  
Mac OSX 10.6 higher

Most modern browsers including:  
Firefox 18.0+  
Chrome 26+  
Safari 5+  
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)  
Android devices including tablets and phones.  
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported. 

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