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Hogan Lovells Provides Pro Bono Advice on Transgender-Affirming Hospital Policies

25 May 2016

NEW YORK, 25 May 2016 – Hogan Lovells is proud to announce that it provided pro bono assistance in authoring an update to the ground-breaking 2013 publication “Creating Equal Access to Quality Health Care for Transgender Patients: Transgender-Affirming Hospital Policies.” The publication, a collaboration among the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Lambda Legal, and the LGBT Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, provides guidance to hospitals seeking to improve health care for transgender patients. New York partner Jeff Schneider and senior associate Dennis Quinio were two of the lead authors.

When first released in November 2013, "Creating Equal Access to Quality Health Care for Transgender Patients: Transgender-Affirming Hospital Policies" was a document designed for all hospital personnel seeking to align themselves with best practices in transgender care. It answered their questions about transgender patients, showed them how to reduce bias and insensitivity, and addressed key issues such as confidentiality, room assignments, bathroom access, and admitting/registration procedures. The guidance also included unique model policies that could be adapted to meet the needs of individual hospitals.

The intervening years have seen a significant change in the legal landscape concerning transgender rights in the health care context, including victories in court, new state insurance bulletins and evolving policies and best practices, culminating in the finalized HHS Section 1557 rules. The revised publication incorporates those changes, adds new policies, and updates existing ones.

The revised guide includes new information about:

  • Access to Hormone Therapy
  • Access to Personal Items that Assist Gender Presentation
  • Collection of gender identity data in electronic health records
  • Glossary of terms

“Hogan Lovells prides itself on our longstanding commitment to the advancement of civil rights of all Americans, including transgender people,” said partner Jeff Schneider. “The updates to this important guide will continue to make hospitals a more welcoming environment for transgender patients.”
To read the updates to “Creating Equal Access to Quality Health Care for Transgender Patients: Transgender-Affirming Hospital Policies” in its entirety please visit the Lambda Legal website.

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