Improving Health Care Access and Delivery for Everyone

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Improve Access and delivery of health care for all A high priority for us at NCQA And there is a lot of work to be done, especially in the area of ​​health care disparities Often, inadequate access to Health care and low quality of care are common among those who need it most, and ethnic minorities, people with limited English proficiency, and low literacy skills in health. sexual and gender minorities and persons with disabilities.

National Standards CLAS

In 2000, the United States Department of Health and Human Services of the Department of Minority Health responded to the issue of health care disparities by publishing national CLAS standards (culturally and linguistically suitable). They were reissued in 2013 as CLAS National Standards and guided the efforts of health care organizations to ensure health equity. They describe a framework for the delivery of services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate and respectful, and that reflect the beliefs, preferences and communication needs of patients' cultural health.

A toolkit to help implement CLAS standards

The Medicare Centers & Medicaid Service s (19459010) Office of Minority Health (OMH) contracted with NCQA to develop a toolkit to help organizations implement CLAS national standards and improve health equity through better access to health care and their delivery. Practical Guide to the Implementation of National CLAS Standards: for racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities, persons with disabilities and sexual and gender minorities gives health organizations, including health, provider practices and hospitals, states and communities – guidance for the application of CLAS national standards.

[Traduction] "Since 2010, CMS OMH and NCQA have been working to highlight the need to improve culturally and linguistically appropriate services and reduce disparities in health care," said Margaret O. Kane, President of NCQA. "We applaud the efforts of CMS OMH to provide practical CLAS-related resources to healthcare providers."

Health disparities still pose significant challenges for individuals and the US health care system, although monumental changes continue to improve access and quality of care, said Adam Swanson, Senior Specialist in prevention of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Advisory panel of the toolbox. "[The] NCQA and CMS OMH's new toolkit was built to empower health systems and leaders with dozens of controlled resources that can be used to inform and help implement new approaches to reach the world." health equity. "

This toolkit promotes NCQA's work to reduce disparities in health care and make quality health care accessible to all. Go to the complete toolbox here .

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Cindy is Senior Director of Communications at NCQA. Its goal is to educate consumers through the media and public relations. Cindy is a strategist of communications and public engagement with a background anchored in television reporting. She is also part of NCQA's Creative Services unit, developing messages through visual storytelling.


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