Jan 19, 2022

Addressing Health Disparity: Importance and Impact for HEDIS

Health disparities were among the many challenges brought to the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing COVID’s impact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a response outlining strategies to improve the health outcomes of populations disproportionately affected. However, disparities and health equity are not new issues. Mandated by Congress and supported by a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Interagency Work Group, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has reported on progress and opportunities for improving healthcare quality and reducing healthcare disparities for the past 17 years. Their 2019 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report encompasses reported patient care 2016-2018 and shows there are still disparities when comparing healthcare experience across races.