Measuring Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care: Efforts to Improve Data Collection

Measuring Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care: Efforts to Improve Data Collection

Published: May 30, 2009
Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
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Patricia Collins Higgins

Erin Fries Taylor

Disparities in the quality of health care contribute to higher rates of disease, disability, and mortality in racial and ethnic minority groups. A new policy brief examines recent federal and state activities aimed at strengthening the collection of health-related data on race, ethnicity, and primary language. It highlights three states—California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey—that implemented laws or regulations guiding data collection activities by hospitals, health plans, and government agencies.

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