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Health Insurance Plans Address Disparities in Care: Challenges and Opportunities

America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) (2004) Health Insurance Plans Address Disparities in Care: Challenges and Opportunities. Other. UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

In 2002, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a landmark report indicating that racial and ethnic minorities receive lower quality health care than non-minorities, even when factors related to access (e.g., insurance status and income) are controlled. There is widespread agreement that data are fundamental building blocks to identifying differences in the care experienced by specific populations, to developing programs to address differences, and to ensuring a higher standard of care. Since then, there has been growing interest in understanding the extent to which health insurance plans, providers, and other organizations collect and use data on race and ethnicity to reduce health care disparities. To date, national studies have identified very few providers or institutions that address disparities in care using a data-driven, quality improvement proach. In 2003/04, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) worked with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to survey health insurance plans about the extent to which they collect and use data on the race and ethnicity of their enrollees to improve quality of care. AHIP also conducted follow-up qualitative research to obtain more specific information, to solicit recommendations on how to improve the collection and use of these data, and to explore potential future collaborations. A number of challenges and opportunities emerged from this quantitative and qualitative research.


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Item Type: Report Document or other Monograph (Other)
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: health insurance plans, health insurance, disparities, health care
Subjects: Health > Health Equity > Access To Healthcare
Health > Disparities
Practice > service
Research
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    Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
    Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2011
    Last Modified: 23 Jun 2011 10:26
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/489

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