HHS sets new standards to track health care statistics

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new regulations October 31 to improve health care data collection and reporting to identify and improve disparities of services.

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New Standards

The 2010 Affordable Health Care Act requires the department to take new steps to monitor how minority populations are being treated in the U.S. health care system. The regulations require new standards for collecting statistics based on disability, as well as race, ethnicity, sex and primary language.

“It is our job to get a better understanding of why disparities occur and how to eliminate them.  Improving the breadth and quality of our data collection and analysis on key areas, like race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status, is critical to better understanding who we are serving,” said Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a news release. “Today, through these new standards, we are providing a new set of powerful tools to help us achieve our vision of a nation free of disparities in health and health care.”