IN THE NEWS
September 18, 2014
Ensuring Best Health Outcomes for All
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance) took the message to Capitol Hill that health quality cannot be measured with a one-size-fits-all approach. The Alliance joined with the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) to sponsor the first in a series of Healthy Americas Congressional briefings.
A standing room only audience of Hill staff and key advocacy groups were briefed on measures of quality outcomes implemented under the Affordable Care Act. The Alliance and NMQF provided a profile of how a one-size-fits-all approach does not reflect the experience of today’s health consumer population. The organizations’ called for improvement through(1) inclusion of race, ethnicity, gender, and age in measures and (2) a meaningful consumer focus by better inclusion of patient experience and access measures.
The briefing was timely as the National Quality Forum (NQF), a key architect of the current measures, announced they would conduct a two-year trial to better include race, ethnicity, and other factors in outcome measures. NQF provided the audience with a briefing on this new effort.
Following the briefing, the Alliance conducted meetings with Hill staff including the Senate Majority Leader’s office and the House Ways & Means Committee. The Alliance will continue work with Congress and its federal, science, and advocacy partners on this issue to help ensure the best health outcomes for all.