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Health Disparities Round-Up – June 20, 2014

world flags giving a message of unionJust in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

USA Today: Health survey ranks U.S. last among rich peers – “For the fifth time in a decade, the United States is the sick man of the rich world. But recent health reforms and increased health technology spending may provide a cure in the coming years. That’s according to the latest Commonwealth Fund survey of 11 nations, which ranked the world’s most expensive health care system dead last on measures of “efficiency, equity, and outcomes.” So too in 2010, 2007, 2006 and 2004. The United Kingdom got the golden apple for 2014, with Switzerland a close second. The U.S. ranking reflects poor scores on measures of healthy lives — “mortality amenable to medical care,” infant mortality and healthy life expectancy at age 60.” >> Read More

CT News Junkie: Committee Debates National Medical Home Standards – “More than two years ago, Connecticut launched a patient-centered medical home model for its Medicaid population. It’s a model where a patient relies upon their primary care physician to coordinate all of their care and actively remind them about preventive screenings or exams. The idea behind the model and the payment method was to increase access and lower the amount of money the system pays to treat these patients by improving their health outcomes and keeping chronic conditions under control.” >> Read More

Fierce Healthcare: Hospitals better on equitable care, but room for improvement – “Hospitals made progress in equitable care in 2013, but work still remains, especially in leader diversity, according to a new survey from the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management (IFD). Hospitals stepped up its efforts to collect patient demographic information, with 97 percent collecting data on race, 94 percent on ethnicity and 95 percent on primary language, according to the survey. Nearly one-quarter of hospitals used such data to look for outcome or treatment disparities across racial or ethnic lines, a 20 percent increase from 2011.” >> Read More

News Medical: Text message improves glycemic control in high risk Latinos with type 2 diabetes – “The use of mobile phones in health care is very promising, especially when it comes to low-income populations with chronic diseases,” said Athena Philis-Tsimikas, M.D., corporate vice president for the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute. “We found that by using text messages we were able to circumvent many of the barriers these patients face, such as lack of transportation or childcare, while still being able to expand the reach of diabetes care and education.” >> Read More

The New Yorker: Why America Is Losing the Health Race – “Many Americans are aware that the United States spends much more on health care than any other country in the world. But fewer people know that the health of Americans—by many different measures—is actually worse than the health of citizens in other wealthy countries.” >> Read More

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About Gina Hernandez

Gina Hernandez is a Program Director at the Society for New Communications Research and has worked 7+ years in the digital communications field. Prior to joining the Society for New Communications Research, Gina worked at re: Imagine group, where she where she led media and blogger outreach and agency research.

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