NU Online News Service, Dec. 15, 2004, 4:45 p.m. EST
Federal researchers are working with private health carriers to gather data that might lead to advances in care for African-American and Hispanic patients.[@@]
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has enlisted nonprofit and for-profit insurers to help it improve diabetes care for members of certain ethnic and economic groups, such as African-Americans, Hispanics and residents of low-income neighborhoods, program organizers say.
One objective of the 3-year program is to study laws, regulations and member perceptions that limit plans’ ability to collect information about the race and ethnicity of their members.