Groups to tackle dis­par­ties in care

Cam­paign shines spot­light on re­duc­ing dis­par­i­ties

Modern Healthcare - - Front Page - Paul Barr

The back­ers of a new ef­fort to re­duce health­care dis­par­i­ties in care are try­ing to pro­voke more ac­tion from health­care providers. Their mes­sage is that dis­par­i­ties are a core qual­ity is­sue that af­fects pa­tients, costs money and is only go­ing to get big­ger.

To call more at­ten­tion to re­duc­ing health- care dis­par­i­ties, five ma­jor health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions de­cided to pool their re­sources in that arena for the Equity of Care cam­paign. The Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, Catholic Health As­so­ci­a­tion, Amer­i­can Col­lege of Health­care Ex­ec­u­tives, As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Med­i­cal Col­leges and Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pub­lic Hos­pi­tals and Health Sys­tems un­veiled the cam­paign July 18 in San Diego at the AHA’s an­nual Lead­er­ship Sum­mit.

Amer­ica suffers from the prob­lem that dis­par­i­ties have been viewed sep­a­rately from qual­ity, said Dr. Bruce Siegel, pres­i­dent and CEO of the NAPH. The ex­is­tence of dis­par­i­ties in care be­tween dif­fer­ent races or so­cioe­co­nomic sta­tuses means “some peo­ple are not get­ting high-qual­ity care,” and ad­dress­ing those dis­par­i­ties will im­prove qual­ity.

Of­fi­cials said they have no im­me­di­ate plans to de­vote more re­sources to the dis­par­i­ties cam­paign than they do now, al­though they are open to chang­ing that.

The mat­ter could be achiev­ing greater im­por­tance as the CMS ties more of its Medi­care re­im­burse­ment to qual­ity re­port­ing,

At the African-Amer­i­can Health In­for­ma­tion & Re­source Cen­ter in Sa­van­nah, Ga., earn­ing the com­mu­nity’s trust through ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams is a top pri­or­ity.

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