Thursday, June 30, 2011

HHS Seeks Public Input on Draft Data Collection Standards

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published draft data collection standards of race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status information. HHS is requesting public comment on the standards.

The data collection is mandated by a section of the Affordable Care Act. The purpose of the provision is to help identify and address health disparities affecting various communities.

“Health disparities have persistent and costly affects for minority communities, and the whole country,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius upon release of the draft standards. “Today we are taking critical steps toward ensuring the collection of useful national data on minority groups, including for the first time, LGBT populations. The data we will eventually collect in these efforts will serve as powerful tools and help us in our fight to end health disparities.”

The draft standards may be viewed by clicking here. The period for public comment closes on August 1.

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Press Release

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