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New Health Equity-Focused Resource Outlines Data Use as a Tool to Identify Disparities and Improve Quality

January 26, 2021

New Health Equity-Focused Resource Outlines Data Use as a Tool to Identify Disparities and Improve Quality

Washington, DC - Unless specifically measured, disparities in health and health care can go unnoticed even as providers, health plans, and governmental health care organizations seek to improve care. Stratifying quality data by patient race, ethnicity, language, and other demographic variables including age, sex, health literacy, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status, and geography is an important tool for uncovering and responding to healthcare disparities.

This updated report includes contributions by the Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI), a non-profit, nonpartisan research and policy organization, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), and the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Science Division. The report suggests strategically using stratified quality data to achieve the following three objectives.

1. Discover and prioritize differences in care, outcomes, and/or experiences across patient groups.

2. Plan equity-focused care transformations and measure the impact.

3. Tell the story of how patients experience health care.

This resource is organized into these three topics with strategies for health care organizations to effectively organize and interpret stratified quality data to improve health equity. It is intended for health care organizations and collaboratives that already have quality data stratified by one or more demographic variables.

This resource is a product of Advancing Health Equity: Leading Care, Payment and Systems Transformation, a national program based at the University of Chicago operated in partnership with IMI and CHCS, and made possible by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


About the Institute for Medicaid Innovation

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization that provides independent, nonpartisan information and analysis that informs Medicaid policy and improves the health of the nation.

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