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.

National Quality Forum: Risk Adjustment for Socioeconomic Status, Race, and Ethnicity

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has initiated a new project on risk adjustment for socioeconomic status (SES), race, and ethnicity in measuring and reporting on health care quality measures.  The project will develop a set of recommendations related to risk … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: 2013 Report from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues Coordinating Committee

This the third of annual reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues Coordinating Committee.  This internal department committee is co-chaired by Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for … Continue reading

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Human Rights Campaign Foundation: 2013 Healthcare Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released the 2013 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), an annual survey of health care organizations on how they treat their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients and staff. The 718 facilities included in the 2013 … Continue reading

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Health Research and Education Trust: Building a Culturally Competent Health Care Organization

This guide from the Health Research and Education Trust, the research and education affiliate of the American Hospital Association, describes how hospitals and other health care organizations can become more culturally competent.  A culturally competent health care system is one … Continue reading

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National Academy for State Health Policy: State Policymakers’ Guide for Advancing Health Equity through Health Reform Implementation

This policy brief from the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) describes opportunities for states to advance health equity through implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), profiling planning and implementation activities in Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, … Continue reading

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Office of Minority Health: Enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) has released its long-awaited “enhanced” National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care.  The original CLAS standards were issued by OMH … Continue reading

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National Institutes of Health: Response to Institute of Medicine Report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued this comprehensive response to the findings and recommendations of the 2011 Institute of Medicine’s report, The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: A Foundation for Better Understanding. NIH Director Dr. … Continue reading

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Institute of Medicine: Collecting Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Data in Electronic Health Records

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a summary of its October 12, 2012 workshop on the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data in electronic health records.  The summary can be downloaded from the IOM website and will … Continue reading

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HHS Advisory Committee on Minority Health: Recommendations for Health Insurance Exchanges

The following was my presentation to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health on November 29, 2012 regarding the implementation of health insurance exchanges and other national health care reforms.

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HHS Office of Civil Rights: Gender Identity Discrimination Prohibited under ACA Section 1557

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has clarified that discrimination based on gender identity, as a form of sex discrimination, is prohibited under section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act … Continue reading

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