New from AHRQ: Policies to reduce healthcare disparities

AHRQ_InnovationsExThe new issue of the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)’s Heath Care Innovations Exchange focuses on policies to reduce health care disparities.

    • The featured Innovations describe three programs that implemented policies to help reduce health care disparities and ensure that vulnerable populations receive equitable health care. The programs include one that subsidized the costs of electronic health record implementation for primary care practices in underserved areas and another in which a Medicaid plan collected and verified patient race, ethnicity, and language data to help identify and address disparities; as well as State legislation in California requiring that cultural competency curricula be included in continuing medical education.
    • The featured QualityTools include the 2012 National Healthcare Disparities Report, which identifies and tracks the ways that some populations receive poor or worse care than others; a toolkit to help physicians and health care teams redesign office practices to provide the highest quality care possible to patients with limited English skills; and a guide to help hospital leaders identify and address disparities in order to achieve equitable care for patients.

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