Reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health care: A best clinical and administrative practices initiative

As the largest insurer of minority populations in the U.S., Medicaid offers valuable strategic opportunities to improve health care quality by reducing disparities. A significant proportion of Medicaid enrollees are in managed care organizations (MCOs), which offer tremendous potential to address health care disparities. MCOs can leverage clinical and administrative information systems that track enrollees over time and across different providers, as well as financial incentives to improve quality. The purpose of this project is for the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) to launch three related quality improvement initiatives designed to reduce disparities in Medicaid MCOs, building upon well-tested approaches that bring together MCOs and state purchasers to improve quality, including the Best Clinical and Administrative Practices (BCAP) framework. This project will be considered successful if, through BCAP work groups, a purchasing institute, and a quality summit, the draft and final tool kits that incorporate resources demonstrated to increase access to race and ethnicity information and interventions proven to measurably reduce disparities have been disseminated to 30 states and 5 non-Medicaid purchasers.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $381,789.00

Awarded on: 4/26/2004

Time frame: 5/1/2004 - 1/31/2007

Grant Number: 50537


Center for Health Care Strategies Supporting Organization Inc.

200 American Metro Boulevard, Suite 119
Hamilton, 08619-2320


Stephen A. Somers
Project Director