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Health equity exists when everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible regardless of race, gender, geography or social economic status. Hospitals can play a unique role in population health by incorporating equity standards into their strategic improvement goals. Please note: on some web browsers, document links may automatically download to your computer rather than open up on your screen.

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Five Million in Grants Available for Nebraska Nursing Students
For our Nebraska Partnership for Community Health members -- Nebraska nursing students may be qualified for scholarships through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Qualified applicants will receive scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis. When scholarship recipients graduate, they must practice nursing in Nebraska for at least two years. Visit the Application for Nursing Incentives Scholarship Program for more information and to apply.
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Roadmap to Behavioral Health
Behavioral health care usually starts with a screening and diagnosis. It includes treatment, recovery services and support. Use this guide to learn how to use your health coverage to improve your mental health. This guide is part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' C2C Coverage to Care series.
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Getting the Care You Need: A Guide for People with Disabilities
Health care providers are required to offer everyone access to medical services without discrimination on the basis of disability. Use this guide to learn how to work with your provider to get the care you need. This guides is part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' C2C Coverage to Care series.
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Rural Health Clinic Program at 45 Years: Created for Access and Still Delivering Care
This article shares the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) program’s history. Thanks to decades of work by many — federal agencies, dedicated public health experts and researchers, health policy experts, membership organizations, and the rural healthcare delivery teams themselves — RHCs now number nearly 5,200.
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Rural Emergency Hospitals
Beginning January 1, 2023, rural hospitals that qualify can seek the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The program aims to ensure access to critical outpatient hospital services in communities that may not have a Critical Access Hospital or small rural hospital. REH-designated facilities will get enhanced Medicare payments for certain outpatient services. This webpage has links to resources that explain the program.
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Inside a Bus, East Texans Get the Health Care They Can't Afford or Find Anywhere Else
Access to health care is limited in rural Texas. This article describes how a mobile medical unit operated by a Federally Qualified Health Center helps meet the needs of the underserved in rural communities in eastern Texas.
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RADx-UP CDCC Rapid Research Pilot Program
RADx® Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) is a consortium of more than 125 research projects studying COVID-19 testing patterns in communities across the United States and its territories as well as Tribal Nations. Eligible entities can apply for grants to evaluate the feasibility of implementing emerging COVID-19 testing technologies in rural and other underserved communities. The application deadline is January 13, 2023.
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Configuration and Delivery of Primary Care in Rural and Urban Settings
After comparing the structure, capabilities and payment reform participation in a variety of settings, a key finding in this study is that despite challenges, Medicare patients may be able to adequately get primary care services in rural settings.
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Rural Health Research Recap: Aging in Place
Among other things, this study finds that, on average, rural populations are older than urban populations, and the proportion of older adults is increasing more quickly in rural communities. The majority of older adults would prefer to remain in their own home as they age, but older adults living alone in rural areas are at risk of social isolation, loneliness and unsafe living conditions
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Rural Healthcare Payment and Reimbursement
This topic guide offers resources and information on how rural healthcare providers are reimbursed by different payers and payment systems, including by programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
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Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Grant Program
Community-based organizations that can demonstrate need for an automated external defibrillator (AED) can apply for a grant to cover all or part of the costs associated with purchasing the equipment. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
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DATA 2000 Waiver Training Payment Program
Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics providers who have a DATA 2000 waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder can apply for a one-time direct payment of $3,000. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
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National Emergency Tele-Critical Care Network Project
This national network of clinical care teams can provide expert medical advice and COVID surge support using network enabled mobile devices. Critical care experts from around the country can assist with e-consults, remote home monitoring, relief coverage, tiered staffing, and specialty services. Applications for such assistance are accepted on an ongoing basis.
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Admissions Guide
This form can be used to help patients and their families talk with health care providers about being admitted to a new health care setting such as a long-term care facility, in-patient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility or a long-term acute care facility.
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Communicate Clearly to Promote Chronic Disease Self-Management
Learn how health literacy and cross-cultural communication can help patients better manage their chronic diseases. In this TMF Quality Innovation Network presentation, Erin Carlson, DrPH., MPH, shares practical guidelines and examples of health literacy education for provider-patient encounters. She provides tools and resources you can use to implement health literacy principles within your health care organization.
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Discharge Guide
This guide has a checklist of important items to discuss with your health care team when being discharged from a long-term care facility, in-patient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, or a long-term acute care facility.
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Importance of CLAS standards during COVID-19 to communicate clearly and simply
The national Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards were created in 2000 to advance health equity, improve quality and help eliminate health care disparities. One specific standard, the number eight standard, calls for health care institutions to provide easy-to-understand print and multimedia materials for patients, families and the community. This was never more important than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about this standard and how to apply it in your everyday practices.
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The Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
Apply now for grants to promote planning and developing integrated rural healthcare networks from the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program. The application deadline is Jan. 6, 2023.
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Association of Rurality, Race and Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status with the Surgical Management of Colon Cancer and Postoperative Outcomes among Medicare Beneficiaries
This study’s findings suggest that Medicare beneficiaries from small town and rural areas were more likely to undergo surgery for non-metastatic colon cancer than metropolitan beneficiaries. They are also more likely to undergo emergent surgery and less likely to have minimally invasive surgery. The experiences of rural patients varied by race; rurality was associated with higher postoperative mortality for Black patients but not for other racial and ethnic groups.
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Assistance for Communities through the Thriving Communities Program (TCP)
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) invites Letters of Interest (LOI) from communities and organizations that have had limited past success in applying for or receiving federal transportation funding, or in successfully delivering integrated infrastructure and community development projects. LOIs must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET, Dec. 6, 2022 using the DOT’s online webform.
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Aligning Systems for Health
This toolkit can help stakeholders and collaborators measure how systems and actions align across sectors to improve community health and well-being in sustainable ways.
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Medicare Incentive Payments in Health Professional Shortage Areas
Physicians in geographic Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) can get incentive payments from Medicare. Psychiatrists practicing in mental health HPSAs are also eligible. Payments are made on a quarterly basis, rather than claim-by-claim, and are handled by each area's Medicare carrier. Note: The Health Resources & Services Administration makes shortage area designations, not the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
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Quick Start Guide: Joint Commission Standards on Health Equity
This guide provides assistance in meeting the new health equity elements of performance for The Joint Commission. It provides resources and information on how hospitals can attest to each element.
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The Joint Commission R3 Report: New Requirement to Reduce Health Care Disparities
Effective Jan. 1, 2023, new and revised requirements to reduce health care disparities will apply to organizations in the Joint Commission’s ambulatory health care, behavioral health care and human services, critical access hospital, and hospital accreditation programs. This report provides the rationale and references that The Joint Commission employs in the development of new requirements.
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C2C Prevention Resources
An important part of the Coverage to Care (C2C) journey is prevention. These resources focused on prevention and healthy living can be shared with consumers, reposted online, printed or ordered. C2C also has resources to help you and your family stay safe and healthy.
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Guide to Developing a Language Access Plan
A language access plan can help ensure that an organization provides high quality and appropriate language services. This guide, developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, identifies ways that providers can assess their programs and develop language access plans to ensure persons with limited English proficiency have meaningful access to their programs.
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Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) Z Code Tip Sheet (ICD-10)
This tip sheet lists Z codes that can help practices identify unmet needs and barriers of patients.
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From Coverage to Care: A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You
This tool is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese. There is also a Tribal Version available. The tool explains what health coverage is and how to use it to get primary care and preventive services for you and your family.
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Utilization of Z Codes for Social Determinants of Health among Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries
This resource from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health provides an update to past-published data focused on Z code claims for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries.
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National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy
This report seeks to engage all people in a linked, multilevel effort to create a health literate society. The action plan identifies seven overarching goals and highest priority strategies that should be pursued to achieve health literacy.
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Health Literate Care Model
This tool helps patients to be more engaged in prevention, decision making and self-management by calling health care providers to approach all patients as if they are at risk for not understanding health information, employ a range of strategies for clear communication and confirm patients understand what providers are saying.
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Promoting Health Equity: A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health
This workbook from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aimed at public health practitioners and partners interested in addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) in order to promote health and achieve health equity. It was created to encourage and support the development of new and the expansion of existing, initiatives and partnerships to address the SDOH inequities.
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An Implementation Checklist for the National CLAS Standards with a CLAS Action Worksheet and CLAS Testimonials
QIN-QIOs will help providers develop a CLAS implementation action plan using the "An Implementation Checklist for the National CLAS Standards" checklist, developed by the U.S. Health and Human Services department.See pages 4-8.
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A Practical Guide to Implementing the National CLAS Standards: For Racial, Ethnic and Linguistic Minorities, People with Disabilities and Sexual and Gender Minorities
QIN-QIOs will train providers on how to update health education, communication and beneficiary-engagement materials to ensure that CLAS considerations are included to advance health equity. In addition to the CMS Toolkit, QIs will provide training and resources to help providers implement CLAS. Some examples include a re-engineered discharge (RED) toolkit, Universal precautions Toolkit, The SHARE approach and the TEAMSSTEPS Limited English Proficiency Module.
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Mental Health America: Latinx/Hispanic Communities and Mental Health
This webpage offers many resources in English and Spanish for the Latinx/Hispanic communities to help raise awareness about mental health. Mental Health America (MHA) develops materials and content that work to bridge the gap in knowledge about mental health conditions with the goal of normalizing conversations around mental health in the Latinx/Hispanic communities.
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A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care
his self-directed training course is designed for physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. With growing concerns about racial and ethnic disparities in health and about the need for health care systems to accommodate increasingly diverse patient populations, cultural competence is a matter of national concern. This e-learning program will equip health care providers with competencies that will enable them to better treat the increasingly diverse U.S. population.
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Family Medicine Residencies: How Rural Training Exposure in GME Is Associated With Subsequent Rural Practice
This article explores study results that found when future family medicine (FM) providers do their residencies in rural areas, they are more likely to consider eventually practicing in rural areas. Findings further suggest increasing the amount of rural exposure during FM residencies may be a way to strengthen future rural primary care workforce supply.
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Assessment of Disparities in Diabetes Mortality in Adults in US Rural vs Non-rural Counties, 1999-2018
In this cross-sectional study, U.S. rural counties had the highest overall diabetes mortality rate. The determinants of persistent rural disparities, in particular for rural men and for adults in the rural South, require investigation.
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Supporting Smaller Health Centers
The Community Health Center Capital Fund LoanPLUS Program provides loans and technical assistance designed to smaller health centers and those with limited financial resources. Health centers in the United States and U.S. Territories that have not been able to access financing through conventional lenders are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
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Key Informant Perspectives on Supporting Health and Well-Being for LGBTQ+ Rural Residents
This article provides an overview of challenges rural LGBTQ+ populations face in getting physical and mental health care. The respondents, representatives from 14 LGBTQ+ advocacy groups, noted that lack of resources and cultural competency in rural areas are among the main hurdles to overcome.
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Federal Funding for Transportation Programs Serving Older Adults and People with Disabilities
This Resource Guide provides an inventory of federal grants that may be used to serve the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities.
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Examining the Burden of Public Stigma Associated with Mental Illness in the Rural United States
This policy brief documents the burden of public stigma associated with mental illness in rural communities compared with non-rural areas. Among the findings: female respondents held more positive attitudes towards recovery than did their male counterparts, while older respondents held more negative stereotypes than did younger respondents.
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Biden-Harris Administration National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health
This document provides an overview of the current hunger, nutrition and health landscape in the United States. The report outlines a national strategy to address hunger and diet-related diseases and disparities.
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2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers
This report outlines a national support strategy for family caregivers of all ages, including elderly adults, people with disabilities and people with chronic conditions, among others. The report also discusses recommendations for caregivers who live in rural and underserved areas. The Administration for Community Living, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, commissioned the report.
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Monkeypox Vaccine Equity Pilot Program
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing free vials of monkeypox vaccine for projects seeking to address vaccination disparities among priority population groups most affected by the disease. The CDC recommends requesting up to 100 vials. Proposals must be submitted through state or territorial health departments, tribal governments, federally funded tribal healthcare facilities, or cities currently getting monkeypox vaccines through the Strategic National Stockpile.
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Healthy People 2030 Champion Program
Apply to become a Healthy People 2030 Champion. Healthy People 2030 Champions are a diverse array of public and private organizations that promote strengthening and evaluating efforts to improve the health and well-being of all people. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Healthy People Champions are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Healthy People 2030 project.
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Rural Emergency Hospital Technical Assistance Center
The Rural Health Redesign Center provides technical assistance to rural hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals interested in examining the feasibility of converting to a Rural Emergency Hospital (REH).
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Next Steps for the Rural Emergency Hospital Model
This blog post from the Bipartisan Policy Center discusses rural hospital closures and describes the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) model.
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Receipt of Out-of-State Telemedicine Visits among Medicare Beneficiaries during the COVID-19 Pandemic
This study examines how Medicare beneficiaries used out-of-state telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, from January to June 2021. One finding: out-of-state telemedicine visits were common and used most by patients who live near state borders or in rural communities. Therefore, limitations on out-of-state telemedicine care may disrupt many existing patient-clinician relationships in primary care and mental health treatment.
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ICD-10-CM Coding for Social Determinants of Health
This guide from the American Hospital Association (AHA) can aid hospitals in adding social needs data to hospital claims, which enables system-wide research to gain a better understanding of the health-related social needs of patients and communities around the country.
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USING Z CODES: The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)
"The Social Determinants of Health Data Journey to Better Outcomes" infographic from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services outlines steps to collect, report and use Z codes. It also offers directives specific to hospital administrators, coding professionals and providers regarding Z codes.
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Improving Blood Pressure Control for African Americans Roadmap
Created by Million Hearts and the National Association of Community Health Centers, this tool helps organizations achieve at least 80% blood pressure control for their African American – and all – patients with hypertension.
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AMA Hypertension Medication Treatment Protocol
Created by the American Medical Association (AMA), this resource includes guidance from AMA hypertension experts and can improve blood pressure control rates by 10% and sustain results  for patients who are not pregnant and are not diagnosed with congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease or chronic kidney disease stage 3.
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COVID-19 Vaccination for Children and Teens with Disabilities
Children and youth with special healthcare needs require more care for their physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional differences than their typically developing peers. A special healthcare need can include physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, as well as long-standing medical conditions.
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Find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you
Use Vaccines.gov to find COVID-19 and flu vaccine providers near you and additional vaccine-related information
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Get Adults’ Vaccinations Back on Track
This is a tip sheet for providers on new CDC adult vaccine recommendations for Hepatitis B, Zoster (shingles), Pneumococcal, preferred flu vaccines for adults 65 and older, along with tools to help adults catch up on needed vaccinations.
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HTN Three-Pillars Case Study
In this study, conducted from June 2020 – June 2021, Miami Beach Community Health Center (MBCHC) identified methods to address hypertension using fortified protocols, advancing their approach to telemedicine and building relationships with their patients. MBCHC saw maintained blood pressure control for more than 80% of patients, with 79.1% of African American patients whose blood pressure was controlled.
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USING Z CODES: The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Data Journey to Better Outcomes
This infographic gives step-by-step instructions for using Z Codes. Z Codes are a special group of codes used to document social determinants of health (SDOH) data. SDOH are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship and age. Such data can ultimately be used with social services organizations, providers, health plans and consumer/patient advisory boards to identify unmet needs.
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A Guide for Community Partners: Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake Among Members of Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities
The Guide for Community Partners is a resource for organizations with community-level reach that are looking to get engaged in or support COVID-19 vaccination confidence and access in racial and ethnic minority communities.
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Sparta Community Hospital Spotlight
In this video, Sparta Community Hospital describes how it worked to identify the social determinants of health in its community. Sparta listened to their community and added a mobile clinic to increase the accessibility of primary care to address barriers and advance health equity.
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PCORI Ambassador Program
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) Ambassador Program is a national volunteer network designed to engage healthcare stakeholders in strengthening the patient-centered outcomes research community and increasing the dissemination of PCORI-funded research. PCORI accepts applications on an ongoing basis for its Ambassador Program.
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The Rural Community Health Literacy Toolkit
The Rural Community Health Literacy Toolkit includes evidence-based models and resources to support organizations that want to improve health literacy in rural communities across the United States. The seven modules in the toolkit contain resources and information focused on developing, implementing, evaluating and sustaining rural health literacy programs.
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Physician Response to COVID-19–Driven Telehealth Flexibility for Opioid Use Disorder
Many physicians who participated in a July 2020 study used telehealth for the first time during the early COVID-19 era. Most respondents found telehealth to be more effective than expected and 77% would be likely to use telehealth after the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey results were published in the American Journal of Managed Care.
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CMS Flexibilities to Address Public Health Emergencies
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is assessing its response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health care system is prepared for addressing future emergencies. Visit the CMS website for details of what CMS calls "a cross-cutting initiative" to streamline the process used to reestablish health and safety standards. CMS will identify barriers and opportunities for improvement using a health equity lens.
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One Hospital's Journey to a Culture of Health Equity: Lessons Learned from a Rural Community
Learn about the population health initiatives at Jefferson Healthcare, a rural health system located in Port Townsend, Washington. The virtual event, held in November 2021,shared the strategy for population health and equity in a critical access hospital. An event recording, slides, and a Change Path document listing key takeaways and additional resources are available.
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Roadmap to Better Care
Understanding health coverage can be confusing, but the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is making it easier through its Coverage to Care (C2C) initiativer. CMS released updated resources in several languages to help patients understand their coverage and get services.
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NCQA Updates & Releases New Quality Measures for HEDIS® 2023 with a Focus on Health Equity
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced new and revised quality measures for health plans in the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) for measurement year 2023. Notable updates include the introduction of race/ethnicity stratifications and revisions to acknowledge and affirm member gender identity.
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Achieving Health Equity: A Guide for Health Care Organizations
Health care organizations have the power to address inequities in health outcomes directly at the point of care, and to influence many of the determinants that create inequities. This Institute for Healthcare Improvement white paper provides a five-part framework to improve health equity; a case study of an organization that has strategically integrated this work throughout their system; and a self-assessment tool to gauge current efforts and develop an action plan.
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An HIT-Supported Care Coordination Framework for Reducing Structural Racism and Discrimination for Patients with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD)
A paper written by The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry presents a framework of how care coordination can successfully be achieved through health information technology systems and reduce structural racism and discrimination for ADRD patients and their caregivers.
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Affordable Connectivity Program Lowers Cost of Broadband Services for Eligible Households
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is working to help build awareness about the Affordable Connectivity Program, a Federal Communications Commission program. This program is designed to help lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households struggling to afford internet service. Learn how to help eligible patients.
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Reducing Hospital Readmissions through Health Equity
In this presentation, TMF staff discuss how health equity strategies may help organizations reduce hospital readmissions.
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Improving Health Care Quality for LGBTQ People
This 1-hour, 3-lesson course is for health care providers and staff who are responsible for collecting Medicare patient data from LGBTQ persons. Such data will help providers deliver high quality and culturally competent care to LGBTQ persons. This training on This training on collecting data in clinical settings is grounded in a review of best practices.
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Achieving Health Equity Online Course
Disparities in the quality of care received by minority populations is well documented. This 2-hour, 3-lesson course gives a structured process for identifying and eliminating health disparities. It also explains the benefits to organizations that are considering focused quality improvement efforts targeted to populations at risk for disparities.
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CMS Office of Minority Health
The CMS Office of Minority Health offers a comprehensive source of information on eliminating health disparities and improving the health of all minority populations, like racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, individuals with limited English proficiency, and rural populations.
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An Implementation Checklist for the National CLAS Standards
Use this checklist to successfully implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS). From the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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A Practical Guide to Implementing the National CLAS Standards
This toolkit can enable organizations to implement the National CLAS Standards and improve health equity.
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AHRQ's Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
This Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality webpage is a repository of tools you can use to promote culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS).
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Think Cultural Health
This website, from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, promotes education, continuing education opportunities, and resources to learn about culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS).
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Rural Health Clinic
Download this manual from the Medicare Learning Network to learn about payment, visit and service changes that went into effect Jan. 1, 2022, for rural health clinics. There are also specific updates related to hospice visits, transitional care management, COVID-19 monoclonal antibody products and mental health care telehealth visits.
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Building an Organizational Response to Health Disparities
Learn how to identify, prioritize and take action on health disparities in your organization with this resource guide from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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CDC Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication
This information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasizes the importance of addressing people inclusively and respectfully. The principles are intended to help public health professionals ensure their communication adapts to the specific cultural, linguistic, environmental, and historical situation of each population or audience of focus.
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The Rural Health Equity and Quality Summit Report
This report summarizes a June 2022 summit held with experts in rural healthcare policy and health equity, among others, to explore how small rural hospitals and Rural Health Clinics can achieve health equity. While discussing the challenges, the report also shares best practices and innovative models in promoting health equity in rural areas.
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Toolkit Addresses Cultural Humility Training
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected communities of color, renewing a focus on health equity. The latest toolkit developed by the American Hospital Association's Institute for Diversity and Health Equity provides evidence-based practices that support cultural humility along with implicit bias training and education as part of its Health Equity Resources Series.
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The Conservation: Between Us, About Us
Part of a campaign from the Kaiser Family Foundation's Greater than COVID and the Black Coalition Against COVID, this video is designed to dispel misinformation and provide accessible facts about the vaccine from Black health care workers.
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Minority Health Videos About Vaccine Safety
The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity has released two videos that speak to the importance of COVID-19 vaccines, how communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and how it is important to get vaccinated to protect themselves and loved ones from the virus. The videos are available in English and Spanish.
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Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals
Cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this e-learning program is to help behavioral health professionals increase these skills.
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Health Equity Snapshot: A Toolkit for Action
This report from the American Hospital Association provides information and resources for hospitals striving to address the social determinants of health and achieve health equity and diversity.
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Societal Factors that Influence Health: A Framework for Hospitals
This American Hospital Association fact sheet is designed to guide hospitals’ strategies in addressing the social needs of their patients, social determinants of health in their communities and the systemic causes that lead to health inequities.
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Rural Health Research RECAP: Rural Ethnic/Racial Disparities: Social and Systemic Inequities
A report highlighting the racial and ethnic disparities related to social determinants of health, specifically rates of poverty, broadband access, education and insurance of Black, Hispanic, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Asian American and Pacific Islander populations in rural and urban areas.
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Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Measures for Hospitals and Health System Dashboards
Helpful measures and tools to assist organizations in identifying the right equity metrics to measure and track progress toward health equity and inclusion.
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Rural Health Research RECAP: Rural Ethnic/Racial Disparities: Adverse Health Outcomes
This report explores the racial and ethnic disparities in rural health outcomes, highlighting rates of premature mortality and disability status of Black, Hispanic, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Asian American and Pacific Islander populations.
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A Systems Approach to Addressing Covid-19 Health Inequities
The development of a dashboard to track racial, ethnic, and language metrics related to patients with coronavirus within the community the health care organization is essential for discovering, addressing and resolving health disparities.
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How COVID-19 and the flu are shedding light on inequities in Black and underserved communities
This podcast highlights health inequities in Black and underserved communities through the lens of the COVID-19 public health emergency and this year’s flu season, featuring Elisa Arespacochaga of the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity and Andrea Custis of the Urban League of Philadelphia.
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Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights effective public health programs for addressing health disparities among specified groups in this 2016 report.
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National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports
The annual National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report assesses the performance of the country's health care system using more than 250 outcome measures across a broad array of settings and services.
Web link    Date Added: 12/11/2020    Date Last Modified: Dec 11 2020 4:24PM  
Health Equity Considerations and Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined factors that may contribute to an increased risk for catching COVID-19 in certain racial or minority groups.
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