Category Archives: Health Care Disparities

A Continuing National Challenge

There is now overwhelming, irrefutable evidence of health care disparities in the U.S. Fortunately, many health care organizations have recognized the persistence of health care disparities and have begun to develop and implement interventions to reduce those disparities.

Stanford Social Innovation Review and Grantmakers in Health: Innovations in Health Equity

The Stanford Social Innovation Review and Grantmakers in Health have published this special supplement on health equity. Articles include discussions of the role of health philanthropy in addressing equity; the role of community organizers in advancing health equity; promoting health … Continue reading

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The State of Racial Inequalities in Health

On December 5, 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) held a forum on “Disparities, Resilience, and Building a Culture of Health” and published this paper on the state of racial inequalities in health authored by Thomas LeVeist, director of the Center … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Guide to Preventing Readmissions Among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health has published this Guide to Preventing Readmissions Among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries.  Racial and ethnic minority populations are more likely than their white counterparts to be readmitted within … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health: Progress Report on Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health has released this implementation progress report on its Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, which was adopted in 2011.  Examples of progress are reported on activities addressing … 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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California Department of Public Health: Portrait of Promise – California Statewide Plan to Promote Health and Mental Health Equity

The California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity has released its statewide plan to promote health and mental health equity.  The plan is the first demographic report and statewide strategic plan from the OHE since it was established in 2012. … Continue reading

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report

This 2014 report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality consolidates the annual National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report. These reports to Congress are mandated by the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-129).  The consolidated report highlights … 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 Data from Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

This data brief from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health reports data from Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (HOS).  The Medicare HOS provides longitudinal self-assessed health status data … 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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