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Ensuring a reliable safety net, one ready to meet the moment in any crisis, means robustly protecting and bolstering the mechanisms and ideals that make the safety net function.

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A new learning collaborative, funded by CVS Health Foundation, and guided by Essential Hospitals Institute will support ongoing work at 12 essential hospitals to reduce morbidity and mortality among Black pregnant and birthing patients and foster sharing of results and best practices.

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HHS released a Spanish version of QuestionBuilder, an app that helps patients and caregivers prepare for their in-person or telehealth appointments, along with a report on Latino patients' access to care.

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Health systems representing 177 member hospitals have pledged to fight health care disparities by ensuring equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

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Learn how essential hospitals can access American Rescue Plan Act funding to advance health and wellness initiatives in your communities

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As we reflect on today’s events, we look ahead to the opportunity to come together as a nation, acknowledge the structural and systemic challenges we still face, and continue the hard but necessary work of building a more just and equitable society.

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CDC and FDA recommend pausing Janssen COVID-19 vaccine administration after six U.S. reports of blood clots; HHS expands the Health Center Vaccine Program.

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America's Essential Hospitals thanks the Biden administration and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky for taking a strong stand on racism as a serious public health threat and for seeking to direct more investments at social determinants of health and mitigating health care disparities.

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A new notice encourages states to improve health outcomes, reduce disparities, and lower costs within Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. It describes how states might address social determinants of health using flexibility available under current law.

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Examine elements of Premier Health’s comprehensive strategic diversity initiative and its impact on COVID-19 disparities.

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Explore the policies and practices hospitals can employ to reduce bias in COVID-19 treatment and disparities in outcomes.

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Examine a framework for confronting COVID-19 disparities, and explore association member Baystate Health’s approach to identifying and tackling the needs of vulnerable community members.

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CDC releases a COVID-19 health equity strategy, and FDA shares options for screening substitutions amid supply issues.

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The initiative is expected to produce recommendations that will form the foundation of a comprehensive, member-driven plan of action on structural racism.

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Recent police-involved killings reflect a legacy of injustice and racism that also poses an urgent public health threat. It is incumbent upon health care professionals and systems to confront this and to overcome the inequities that afflict racial and ethnic minorities.

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The Department of Health and Human Services announced two distributions from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund, known as the Provider Relief Fund: $4.9 billion for skilled nursing facilities and $500 million for Indian Health Service providers.

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Several states have created task forces to examine racial disparities related to COVID-19. A new tracker shows which states have stay-at-home orders or plans to resume elective procedures. States have authority to allocate CARES Act funding how they see fit, and several states have begun to do so.

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In a VITAL2019 session, speakers from Navicent Health discussed their organization’s plan to identify health disparities and build community partnerships.

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A recent issue brief profiles states that use data to identify and reduce health disparities in Medicaid managed care programs and offers a step-by-step strategy for states interested in similar initiatives.

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The administration's proposed rule, Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities, will worsen access to care and disparities for many of the nation's most vulnerable populations.

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A House letter calling for a delay of Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts has 178 bipartisan signatures; the deadline to sign is May 3. A House committee holds the first congressional hearing on the Medicare for All Act.

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The association expressed concerns about two disparity methods developed to report readmission rates among patients with social risk factors; the deadline for comments has been extended to Dec. 14.

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America’s Essential Hospitals today published a new online library of guides, videos, infographics, and other tools to help essential hospitals and clinicians talk with vulnerable patients about the cost of care and to incorporate these conversations into the clinical workflow.

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Health care providers can use this interactive tool to compare performance among states, identify areas for improvement, and find models for best practices.

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute focuses on three new areas of interest in this funding opportunity, which supports clinical effectiveness research that seeks to eliminate health care disparities; letters of intent are due Nov. 6.

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Essential hospitals improve population health through innovative approaches to address the social determinants of health and promote community-integrated health care. Several presentations on population health at VITAL2018, our annual meeting, highlighted key insights from population health leaders.

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The plan is required by the 21st Century Cures Act and is meant to improve federal and state coordination around the enforcement of parity laws.

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This funding opportunity will support clinical effectiveness research involving populations at risk for health disparities; the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will issue a full announcement on Jan. 16, 2018.

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These snapshots allow health care providers and officials to compare performance with other states and identify areas for improvement.

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The new road map recommends policies and practices providers can adopt to promote health equity and eliminate disparities.

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The study finds urban, nonprofit hospitals recognize the role of health disparities in outcomes, but could use greater incentives to make improvements.

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CMS projects that Medicare Advantage organization payment rates will increase by 0.25 percent in 2018.

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The paper includes a framework to achieve health equity, guidance for measuring health equity, and a self-assessment tool for health care organizations.

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Mike King, author of A Spirit of Charity, spoke with America’s Essential Hospitals about reducing health disparities and changing public perceptions.

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MUSC will launch a minority men’s health center to research the most effective methods for integrating, interpreting, and applying determinants of disease risks and outcomes to precision medicine strategies.

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The rule carries out Affordable Care Act protections for individuals in federally funded health programs and sets new requirements for supporting people with limited English proficiency.

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Updated: Annals of Surgery article covering the impact of patient socioeconomic status on operative mortality.

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Latest Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) patient safety data show gaps in care for racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups have become less pronounced over time.

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Under new model, providers will screen Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries for unmet social needs and connect patients to community services. Applications are due May 18.

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Hospitals should stratify data and reduce language barriers to improve equity, thought leaders say in new report.

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Thought leaders recommend stratifying data by socioeconomic and other characteristics, and reducing language barriers to improve health care equity.

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The guide focuses on reducing readmissions for racial and ethnic minority groups and is part of the CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare.

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National Academies of Sciences Feb. 4 round table in Washington, DC, will explore population health in the context of racial and ethnic disparities and health equity.

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Reports examine the extent of health gaps among counties, what factors influence local residents' health, and what can be done at the state and local levels to make improvements.

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The CMS Equity Plan aims to reduce disparities in health care over the next four years for populations including racial and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, people with disabilities, and people living in rural areas.

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Los Angeles County Department of Health Services is using county health funds to house and care for the homeless. California wants to with Medicaid funds.

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Essential Insights

Socioeconomic inequalities at root of civil unrest in Baltimore and similar incidents over the past year

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National impact assessment finds 95 percent of 119 studied quality measures improved during the 2006 to 2012 study period

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An interactive map takes you across the nation, exploring remarkable population health programs from members of America's Essential Hospitals.

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VCU Medical Center's cancer health literacy tool quickly identifies patients with limited knowledge of the disease and treatment.

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Document, developed by association's policy advisory committee, demonstrates essential hospitals' commitment to and promotion of care equity, and supports risk adjustment for sociodemographic status in certain quality improvement measures

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Association researcher Janelle Schrag explores insights from APHA's annual meeting, which targeted neighborhood factors as important health indicators.

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The principles highlight the generally agreed-upon elements of current evidence-based diabetes care, including management and prevention.

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This literature review explores how social connections impact health outcomes and overutilization and offers responsive strategies by essential hospitals.

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Hennepin County Medical Center's Aquí Para Ti/Here for You outpatient clinic provides aims to reduce health disparities for Latino teens using an integrated, bilingual, culturally competent approach to comprehensive youth development and primary health care

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The opportunities come through two new comparative effectiveness research programs on improving health systems and addressing health and health care disparities. Letters of intent are due by Sept. 5.

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UCSD Health Sciences several years ago began this journey to elevate community partnerships, benefiting at-risk communities and the organization.

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NQF board adopts recommendation to assess sociodemographic risk adjustment of certain quality measures during a trial period.

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The social determinants of health are a critical topic for essential hospital providers - learn more from this avid researcher's perspective.

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Recent articles from Health Affairs, the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, the Journal for Healthcare Quality, and The New England Journal of Medicine explore efforts to reduce readmissions and infection rates, improve patient safety, and more.

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Recent journal articles curated from Health Affairs and the New England Journal of Medicine highlight payment reform programs and strategies and the impact of socioeconomic status on readmissions.

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America's Essential Hospitals supports NQF's recommendations to adjust some health care performance measures for sociodemographic factors.

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Natividad Medical Center launched a program to ensure patients who speak indigenous languages receive the highest quality health care possible.

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NQF makes eight recommendations to enhance the ability of policymakers and consumers to make accurate conclusions about the quality of care and prevent unintended consequences, such as a worsening of care disparities. Members are encouraged to submit comments by April 16.

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NQF recommends adjusting some health care performance measures to account for sociodemographic risk factors. Members are encouraged to submit comments on the draft recommendations by April 16.

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Essential Insights

The medical field is ever changing and evolving. So is the knowledge required of medical interpreters to do the job well. To stay in touch with these advancements, medical interpreters must keep their skills and knowledge sharp and current - not just through traditional continuing education.

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Nutrition deficiency contributes to many serious health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and certain cancers. Studies also show a correlation to increasingly high health care costs and reduced productivity and chronic absence from work. Learn a phased approach to addressing these issues, with examples from several essential hospitals.

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In new commentary, association president and CEO explores historical roots of care disparities, calls on all hospitals to take up fight to improve health care equity

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The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services launched a pilot program that aims to prevent avoidable rescue-care visits by automatically notifying patient-centered medical homes when a patient enters the health care system and better engaging discharged patients in their follow-up care.

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Learn about high-risk areas for limited English proficient patients and improvement strategies

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UNM Hospitals' LGBT Collaborative changes policies, training, and perspective

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Two essential hospitals discussed the implications of low health literacy and tools for improvement

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Highlighted essential hospitals’ work to address health disparities, improve quality of care for all patients

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Effort will seek to increase understanding of low-income and minority populations’ experiences with exchanges

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Information gathered will inform rulemaking for civil rights provision of the Affordable Care Act

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Analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured found that 6.4 million people will miss out on insurance coverage if the 21 states not intending to expand their Medicaid program and the six undecided states do not implement the Medicaid expansion.

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Participants learned how to identify race, ethnicity, and language disparities in health care

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Recognizes work to promote well-being in minority communities, reduce disparities in care, and ensure access to care for all

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Research on health care quality, disparities in care, patient safety at risk, association says

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