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.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity: Making CLAS Happen

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity has published an updated guide to implementation of the national culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) standards developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority … Continue reading

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Institute of Medicine: Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity

The Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, in coordination with the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities, conducted a workshop on February 4, 2016 on framing the dialogue on race and ethnicity … Continue reading

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Healthy People 2020: Request for Comments on New Objectives

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting comments regarding new objectives proposed to be added to Healthy People 2020 since the last public comment period in fall 2014. Healthy People 2020 will continue to provide opportunities … Continue reading

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Office of National Coordinator for Health IT: Draft 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory

The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued a draft of its 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory. While the standards and implementation specifications included in the advisory may be adopted in regulation (already or in the future), required … Continue reading

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Fenway Institute: Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Electronic Health Records

This issue brief from the Fenway Institute National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Education Center describes the emerging best practice recommendation for collecting patient sexual orientation and gender identity data in electronic health records.  Providers who are informed of … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health has published this first-ever Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare.  The Equity Plan focuses on Medicare populations that experience disproportionately high burdens of disease, lower quality of care, … Continue reading

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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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