Category Archives: Demographic Data

The Baseline for Advancing Equity

Collecting data from patients about their income, education, race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, health literacy and other demographic information will enable health care providers and systems to better understand individual patient needs as well as identify and address disparities at a population level.

Send Comment to CMS by September 8 to Support Race and Ethnicity Data Stratification in Medicare Physician Quality Reporting

BACKGROUND The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are seeking public comments on whether physician quality measures from the Physician Quality Reporting System and on the Physician Compare web site should be reported and stratified by patients’ race, ethnicity, … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Health Outcomes Survey Information for Health Disparities Researchers

This fact sheet from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) describes the disaggregated race and ethnicity data collected available from the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (HOS).  The HOS provides longitudinal self-assessed health status data from over 300,000 Medicare managed care … Continue reading

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Health Research and Education Trust: Diversity in Health Care

The Health Research and Education Trust of the American Hospital Association has published these six case studies describing how hospitals and health systems have implemented principles of diversity and inclusion at their health care organizations.  The health care organizations profiled … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court: Marriage Equality Recognized Nationwide

In its June 26, 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court found a federal constitutional right to marriage equality for same-sex couples under the due process and equal protection provisions of the 14th Amendment. Link to Original … Continue reading

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URGENT: Tomorrow is Deadline for Comments on Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Proposed Rule

BACKGROUND The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has proposed a new regulation that would require electronic health record systems to document and use disaggregated, granular data categories for patients’ race, … Continue reading

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Health Research & Educational Trust: A Framework for Stratifying Race, Ethnicity and Language Data

This guide from the Health Research & Educational Trust outlines a framework for hospitals and health systems to stratify patient race, ethnicity, and language data to identify and eliminate health care disparities. The framework includes the following five steps: Assemble a … Continue reading

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American Community Survey: Language Use in the U.S., 2011

This data brief from the U.S. Census Bureau reports data from the 2011 American Community Survey about language use in the United States.  It provides useful background information for health care systems and providers to learn about the potential language … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: 2014 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues Report

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its 2014 report on department-wide activities focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and populations. Since 2011, HHS has issued these annual reports through its LBGT Issues Coordinating … Continue reading

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Quality Field Notes – Resource Guide on Equity

This resource guide on health care equity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation includes references for tools to support race, ethnicity, and language data collection, tools to reduce disparities, and national and state reports on health care disparities. Link to … Continue reading

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Quality Field Notes – Issue Brief on Equity

This issue brief on equity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describes efforts by its Aligning Forces for Quality program sites to reduce disparities in the quality of care for racial and ethnic minorities. Many of the activities described focus … Continue reading

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