Medical Interpreting

It has been one crazy year!

Hello everybody! Welcome to my blog reboot. Hopefully, I have not lost too many followers. Let’s begin with a 2020 recap of our company. Next, 2021 intentions will be shared with you. First, I am very grateful because we survived! The beginning of 2020 was exciting, hopeful, and full of plans. I began attending Columbia …

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Conduits of communication?

For many years, I have been describing the role of the healthcare interpreter as a conduit for communication. The mental image that this creates, is one of a machine. A telephone for instance is impersonal. It truly is a conduit of communication. Human beings, however, are far more complex than a simple telephone. To simply …

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Medical interpreter options in SC

Medical interpreter options in SC In recent years, there have been many changes in the USA health care sector. We have observed changes in the way doctors practice medicine.  Also, hospitals have been consolidating. In March of 2010, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known by most people as Obamacare was enacted into law. …

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Notice of discontinuation of transportation services

Earlier this month, Alfonso Interpreting & Transporting issued the following announcement. I want to thank you for trusting in Alfonso Interpreting for your interpretation and transport needs. Workers’ Compensation and liability insurance continue to increase for us, while lower cost services such as Uber and Lyft have continued to rise as competitors.  Due to the …

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Medical interpreter or Healthcare interpreter, which one is it?

Medical interpreter or Healthcare interpreter, which one is it? There are two organizations established in the United States that certify Medical/Healthcare interpreters. Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters http://www.cchicertification.org National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters http://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org Since I am CCHI certified, I identify as a healthcare interpreter. When I do an online search using that …

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An argument for Certified professional interpreters (Confidentiality)

As I have mentioned in previous blogs, at times, doctors choose to use family members, friends, or medical staff to interpret at an appointment instead of using a certified interpreter. Previous blogs have demonstrated why this is so serious and risky, as well as potentially violating the law. One of the core guidelines for professional …

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Three Aspects of Medical Interpreters’ Scope of Practice You May Not Know

The interpreting profession exists to bridge the language barrier between two or more parties who do not speak the same language.  Here are some aspects of medical interpreters’ scope of practice of which you may be unaware.  1. All utterances are reformulated Most people know that medical interpreters are conduits of information. It is often …

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Booking Ahead for a Great Healthcare Interpreter

My goal is that my clients enjoy great success. We make a concerted effort to arrive early to appointments and provide professional, knowledgeable, and ethical interpreters. Over the years, I have noticed a common trend that can at times effect the quality of the interpreting event. Determine in advance if someone requires an interpreter and …

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Who Pays for Medical Interpreters?

Federal law requires medical practices to use interpreters. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act requires interpreters for all patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) based on national origin who receive federal financial assistance except for Medicare Part B. Just as in the case of wheelchair accessibility for disabled persons, not providing interpreters when needed …

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