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HHS’ offers updated guidance on removing disparities, promoting equality in healthcare
Modern Healthcare

HHS on Wednesday released enhanced standards to help health and healthcare organizations promote health equity, advance quality and remove disparities in healthcare. HHS’ Office of Minority Health developed the National Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards in Health and Health Care, which update initial standards that were released in 2000. In a news release, HHS cited an estimate from its Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that the cost of insufficient and inequitable healthcare related to racial and ethnic health disparities is more than $1 trillion. A spokeswoman for AHRQ said in an email that the estimate came from a report on healthcare inequalities from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.