Strong evidence suggests that race, ethnicity, language and socio-cultural factors impact how health care is accessed and delivered. Collection of these data are vital for identifying variations in the quality of care experience among different groups; developing and implementing effective prevention and treatment strategies; and facilitating the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate health care.
From 2003-2011, the AHIP Foundation collaborated with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to assess the extent to which health plans collect and use data on their members’ race, ethnicity, and language to improve quality and health care equity. Four representative surveys of the industry (2003, 2006, 2008, and 2010) highlight the experience of commercial, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid plans.
- “Race, Ethnicity and Language Data Collection by Health Plans: Findings from the 2010 AHIPF-RWJF survey”, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. November 2013
- A Legal Perspective for Health Insurance Plans: Data Collection on Race, Ethnicity, and Primary Language
- Collection of Data on Race/Ethnicity and Language Proficiency of Providers, American Journal of Managed Care. December 2013 Web Exclusive
- Collection and Use of Race and Ethnicity Data for Quality Improvement–2006 AHIP- RWJF Survey of Health Insurance Plans
- Collection of Language Data and Services Provided by Health Plans
- Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data by Health Plans Has Grown Substantially, But Opportunities Remain to Expand Efforts, Health Affairs
- Exploring Health Plan Perspectives in Collecting and Using Data on Race, Ethnicity, and Language, AJMC
- Health Insurance Plans Address Disparities in Care: Challenges and Opportunities
- Health Insurance Plans Address Disparities in Care: Highlights of a 2004 AHIP/RWJF Survey
- Health Insurance Plans Address Disparities in Care: Highlights of AHIP/RWJF Quantitative and Qualitative Research