DOJ, 8 Healthcare Providers Reach Settlements for Alleged ADA Violations

Throughout the past year, the Department of Justice has reached seven settlements with eight healthcare providers, resolving their alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The settlements pertained to allegations the healthcare providers did not effectively provide communication to people who are deaf or have hearing disabilities.

The settlements include:

• Richard Noren, MD, Henry Kurzydlowski, MD, and Pain Care Consultants in Buffalo Grove, Ill., in April 2012.
• Steven Senica, MD, and Senica Bruneau in Downers Grove, Ill., in May 2012.
• Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem in June 2012.
• Paul S. Biedenbach, DO, and Northern Ohio Medical Specialists Healthcare in Sandusky, Ohio, in November 2012.
• The Center for Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine in Falls Church, Va., in January.   
• Manassas (Va.) Health and Rehabilitation Center and Gainesville (Va.) Health and Rehabilitation Center in March.
• Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, N.H., in March.

The settlements coincide with DOJ's "Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative," a partnership launched in July 2012 with the Civil Rights Division and more than 40 U.S. attorney's offices across the country to target enforcement efforts for individuals with disabilities.

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