Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012
For Minority Physicians
Next AMA-MAS meeting to take place Nov. 9 in Hawaii
Join the AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS) for its business meeting and reception, which will take place Nov. 9 in Honolulu. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.
Keynote speaker S. Kalani Brady, MD, associate professor of the Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, will discuss how to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care. The meeting also will feature an open forum on AMA House of Delegates reports and resolutions that impact minority physicians and patients.
Register (AMA login required) for the business meeting and reception. Visit the Interim Meeting website for hotel and air travel details. Have questions about the meeting? Email the AMA-MAS or call Cynthia Norwood of the AMA at (312) 464-4743.
New quality measures focus on disparities, cultural competency
The National Quality Forum (NQF) recently endorsed 12 new quality measures pertaining to disparities and cultural competency, seven of which came from an AMA resource designed to help hospitals and large group practices meet the needs of a diverse patient population.
The resource, the Communication Climate Assessment Toolkit, is an assessment toolkit that can be used to evaluate organizational performance in communication. Assessment results provide a reliable means of tracking performance over time and guiding decisions about tailoring quality improvement interventions.
New NQF quality measures from the AMA's toolkit focus on health literacy, language services, workforce development and cross-cultural communication, among others.
"We created this tool to help organizations evaluate and improve their communication with a diverse patient population, and we are proud that measures included in this toolkit have received NQF endorsement," AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, said in a news release.
NQF-endorsed measures go through an in-depth, rigorous process in which national experts determine that the measure meets certain criteria, including scientific acceptability, reliability and usability, among other criteria.
Visit the NQF website to view the list of new quality measures.