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Michigan developing regulations to govern difficult area of deaf and hard-of-hearing interpreter services

By Jay
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New regulations are coming in Michigan that govern the way in which hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies and other medical businesses offer interpreter services to the deaf and hard of hearing.

And the proposed regulations — covering video remote conferencing, minimum educational requirements, credentials, testing standards, continuing education, and license suspension and revocation — appear to be long in the making.

In 2007, the Michigan Legislature approved Public Act 23 and 24 that required the state Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing to draft the qualified interpreter general rules (2007-047 CR).

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