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The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum has prepared two cross-walks related to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health’s (OMH) National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS).  The first cross-walk compares the CLAS standards with the draft OMH National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, the National Quality Forum’s Preferred Practices for Measuring and Reporting Culturally Competency, the National Committee for Quality Assurance standards for Distinction in Multicultural Health Care, Joint Commission accreditation standards, and recommendations from the Institute of Medicine on standardizing the collection and use of race, ethnicity and language need data for health care quality improvement.  

The second cross-walk compares the CLAS standards with the requirements for incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the meaningful use of certified electronic health records and National Committee for Quality Assurance standards for patient-centered medical homes and proposed URAC standards for patient-centered health care homes.  

These cross-walks may be useful in preparing comments on potential enhancements to the CLAS standards, which are due on December 31, 2010.

For more information about the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, see their website.

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