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Friday, July 27, 2012

AMA calls for pharmacies to offer interpreter services

Delegates also adopt policy seeking appropriate payment for physicians and others who provide such services.

By PAMELA LEWIS DOLAN, amednews staff. Posted July 2, 2012.
 American Medical Association policy encouraging the use of interpretive services at hospitals that treat a significant number of non-English speaking or hearing-impaired patients has been expanded to include pharmacies.
“The AMA already believes that offering these services is important, and it is clear that understanding medical instructions including, but not limited to, medical dosage and timing are all essential elements in providing health care services,” said Bethany Bush, a regional medical student delegate for the West Virginia State Medical Assn., speaking for the AMA Medical Student Section, which drafted the resolution approved at the organization’s Annual Meeting in June.
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