Please contact Nathalie Ahyi to learn how you can participate in the Cultural Awareness Health Care Work Group.
Call 415-4272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidance to Hospitals on Collecting Race, Ethnicity and Language Data
As of January 2010, hospitals were required to collect and report patient race, ethnicity and language data as required by the NH Health Care Facility Discharge Data Submission rules. The ability to collect this demographic data is also part of Stage 1 Meaningful Use Criteria for Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.
Any time there is change in how a hospital interacts with its patients, it is important to educate staff and the community to ease concerns. Staff who confidently ask a patient their race and ethnicity in a nonthreatening polite manner, explaining the confidentiality and uses of the data, are more successful and can move quickly on with the registration process.
NHHA and NH DHHS collaborated to develop guidance documents for hospitals on collecting this data:
- patient race and ethnicity data collection guidance
- patient language data collection guidance
- community education flyer - helpful to post in reception areas and/or hand out to concerned patients to ease their concerns in sharing this data.
The NH Health & Equity Partnership is available to provide staff in-service training on collecting patient race, ethnicity and language data. Contact contact email@example.com to arrange.
Additional Resources on Collecting Patient Race, Ethnicity and Language Data:
- Health Resource and Education Trust Toolkit with materials for training staff:www.hretdisparities.org
- Collecting and Using Race, Ethnicity and Language Data in Ambulatory Settings:www.ama-assn.org/resources/doc/public-health/cehcd-redata.pdf
- Final Data Collection Standards for Race, Ethnicity, Primary Language, Sex, and Disability Status Required by Section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act - published 10/31/11:http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlid=208