health disparities

Health Tech

How to Ensure Health Equity Isn’t Just a Buzzword

Some healthcare organizations have reduced health equity to a buzzword, using the phrase superficially without a true commitment to dismantling systemic barriers. During a webinar, two industry leaders — AMA President Jesse Ehrenfeld and Emory Healthcare Chief Transformation Officer Amaka Eneanya — discussed why this approach must be avoided and explored how leaders can do better.

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LLMs Can Perpetuate Harmful Ideas About Race-Based Medicine, Study Shows

A new study led by Stanford researchers tested four commercially available LLMs and found that they all could potentially cause harm by breeding inaccurate, racist information. For example, all models tried to justify race-based medicine when asked questions about calculating patients’ kidney function and lung capacity — two areas where race-based medicine practices used to be common but have since been scientifically refuted.

Consumer / Employer, Payers

How CMS, CVS Health Are Tackling Maternal Health Disparities

At the AHIP Medicare, Medicaid, Duals and Commercial Markets Forum held last week, two healthcare leaders from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and CVS Health stressed that reducing maternal health disparities is a top priority, with several strategies at play. For CMS, the focus is on encouraging states to extend Medicaid postpartum coverage, while CVS Health is working to leverage doulas in their care delivery.

Consumer / Employer, Social Determinants

Declarations Aren’t Enough. Health Equity Needs Action, Healthcare Execs Say

Healthcare organizations need to have clear and specific goals in order to make real change in reducing health disparities, executives from SCAN Health Plan and CVS Health said. The insurer is tackling medication adherence in Hispanic members and flu vaccination rates in Black members, while the retailer is taking on women's health, heart health and mental health.

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LGBTQ patients’ preventive health knowledge lags behind the general population, report says

LGBTQ Americans have a lack of understanding of the preventive health services they need, compared to the general population, a new report found. In order to create targeted messaging campaigns to increase preventive health knowledge among the LGBTQ community, the healthcare industry needs to include more LGBTQ patients in medical research to better understand the population's health.