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A Fix for Gender Bias in Health Care?

Citing examples related to blood clot prevention, researchers at Johns Hopkins applied a checklist to help eliminate gender disparities in care. The Hopkins checklist is a computerized decision support tool which is triggered whenever a patient is admitted into their facility. The screener asks...

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African-Americans Are Living Longer, But Racial Gap Persists

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths of blacks in America have dropped by nearly 25 percent. However, life expectancy for blacks is still four years less than that of whites. Worse still, younger blacks are likely to have and die from chronic diseases plaguing...

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Aging in Place Could Save Money, Benefit Health Outcomes in Public Housing for the Elderly

A ScienceBlog article details a clinical study from the University of Georgia establishing that training service coordinators in low-income public housing can better assist aging residents, improve their health outcomes, and save money. Holding onsite diabetes education is listed as one...

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AMA Supports Billing Codes for Social Determinants of Health

In a partnership between the American Medical Association (AMA) and UnitedHealth Group (UHG), these two companies have designed billing codes for social determinants of health (SODH) to improve health outcomes. More than two dozen new codes, endorsed by the AMA and UGH, have been created to track...

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America’s Health Inequality Problem

The U.S. has a large health inequity problem made worse by income disparities, rivaled only by the larger gaps in Chile and Portugal. The study notes that any disruption to the current insurance protections may further drive up costs and exacerbate existing health disparities. Read more at The...

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Applying the Social Determinants of Health

This Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) handout is designed to help providers identify social determinants of health (SDOH) as they care for their patients. Specifically, this handout is intended to help providers capture these relevant SDOH elements within the risk stratification process or...

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Area Deprivation Index

The Area Deprivation Index (ADI) allows for rankings of neighborhoods by socioeconomic status disadvantage in a region of interest (e.g. at the state or national level). Health systems and healthcare providers can use the ADI to target program delivery by geographic location based on the area of...

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Behavioral Health a Barrier to High-Quality Nursing Care

University of Rochester researchers found that patients with a behavioral health issue were more likely to be placed at one-start skilled nursing facilities. The researchers were not sure of why the gap exists except to note that patients with behavioral health issues tend to be economically poor,...

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California Healthy Places Index

The California Healthy Places Index (HPI) is a powerful new tool, developed by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, to assist you in exploring local factors that predict life expectancy and comparing community conditions across the state. The HPI provides overall scores and more...

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CMS Report Highlights Disparities in Care for the Elderly

On April 10, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a report on the racial, ethnic, and gender differences among Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, citing 2015-2016 data. The report found gaps in care between black and white beneficiaries, which were larger in men than...

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Disparities in Vaccine Rates Among Older Adults in L.A. and N.Y.

A research study has discovered flu and pneumococcal vaccination rate disparities among racial and ethnic minorities in Los Angeles and New York. The REACH US study involved more than 14,000 adults ages 50 and older living in California and New York City. Read more at this Medscape article.

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Health Disparities Data Widget Available

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) released a HealthyPeople.gov data search function that allows people to easily find health disparities data. The widget provides access to health...

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Health Disparities Repository

The Knowledge Center at the Office of Minority Health Resource Center is the largest repository of health disparities information in the world, with a collection of 10,000 documents, reports, books, journals, and media, along with 30,000 articles related to the health status of racial and ethnic minority populations. It also boasts consumer health materials in more than 35  languages.

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Healthy Equity Bill Offers Blueprint for Nation at a Time of Attacks on Coverage and Public Health

The Congressional Tri-Caucus introduced the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2018 (HEAA) dedicated to eliminating health disparities in this country. This group includes the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The bill...

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Heart Health Disparities Borne by African Americans

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), African-Americans experience poorer heart health and mortality rates than other groups, partly due to less effective disease prevention and management efforts. The data revealed that heart disease risk factors are more common among...

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Innovations in Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation, a D.C.-based nonprofit, has released a report on opportunities to address the social determinants of health (SDOH) in Medicaid managed care. The report explores ways managed care plans and providers work to address SDOH, and how they overcome persistent...

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Mapping Broadband Health in America

The Federal Communications Commission has developed a tool allowing the public to identify opportunities and disparities in broadband connectivity and health measures.

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Mapping Medicare Disparities from CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have developed a Mapping Medicare Disparities Tool that contains health outcome measures for disease prevalence, costs, and hospitalization for 60 chronic conditions, emergency department use, readmission rates, mortality, preventable...

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Mapping Medicare Disparities from the OMB

The Office of Minority Health has designed an interactive map entitled, the Mapping Medicare Disparities Tool, to identify locations of disparities between Medicare beneficiary subgroups (e.g. racial and ethnic groups) in health outcomes, utilization, and spending. This information may be used to...

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Not Enough Women Included in Some Heart Disease Clinical Trials

The lack of female representation in heart failure, coronary artery disease, and acute coronary syndrome clinical trials limits study result application to women. The Journal of the American College of Cardiology reported this disparity, while also noting that women are proportionately or...

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Patients Cared for by Female Doctors Fare Better Than Those Treated by Men

Female doctors who care for elderly hospitalized patients get better results say Harvard researchers who studied more than one million Medicare patients across multiple years. The investigators concluded that approximately 32,000 fewer patients would die if male physicians could achieve the same...

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Racial Disparities in Heart Health Declined Due to Declining White Health

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have found that health gaps between black and white U.S. adults has declined due primarily to declining heart health for white Americans. The study categorized the health records of more than 40,000 adults into groups of optimal,...

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Scientists Start to Tease Out the Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

Researchers are digging deeper to parse out the effects of racism on population health. One factor, chronic stress, is identified as one such factor by researchers. Read more about the topic at this NPR article.

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