Medical Interpreting

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. Determinein advance if someone requires an interpreter and make …

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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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Requesting a certified interpreter

The National Certification for Healthcare Interpreters first began issuing credentials in 2011. In those seven years, it has continued to grow. For the past four or five years, I have been consistently encouraging the use of certified interpreters. The problem is that if there aren’t any or many to choose from, people will revert to …

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How to find a certified health care interpreter.

There are two recognized organizations in the United States that provide a certification for healthcare interpreters. CCHI certification is offered by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters  http://cchicertification.org/; find CCHI interpreters here: https://cchi.learningbuilder.com/Public/MemberSearch/Search CMI certification is offered by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters  https://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/; find CMI interpreters here:  https://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/search-the-cmi-registry Although I personally …

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Work effectively with healthcare interpreters

1.       Choose a professional certified healthcare interpreter and become familiar with the code of ethics ·         By reviewing the code of ethics, you will better understand the scope of their work and the interpreting process ·         Our library https://alfonsointerpreting.com/library/ has a variety of codes of ethics for your perusal   2.       Discuss the process and …

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Medical Interpreter Accuracy

What exactly is accuracy when interpreting? This might seem like an obvious question, but it is more complicated than you realize.  Why do I say that? The challenge of identifying a competent interpreter For individuals that speak one language, trying to determine an interpreter’s accuracy is a great challenge. The best approach is to hire …

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Things many Medical interpreters do that are not in the job description

Often, I hear complaints about good interpreters because they rigidly stick to their job description. This blog might get me in trouble with some of my colleagues, but I think it is worth a discussion. Completing medical forms There have been times that I have been told that a certain interpreter refused to help fill …

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