Groups to tackle disparties in care
Campaign shines spotlight on reducing disparities
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.