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Pride in Putting Patients First

June 19, 2018

By: Cara V. James, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

At CMS, we put patients first in the work that we do. An important part of putting patients first is empowering them to make the decisions that are best for them, while also supporting efforts across the country to improve the quality, accessibility, and affordability of patient-centered care.

If we are going to truly improve patient care, we need to know whom we are serving, including sexual and gender minorities, and what their needs are. To accomplish this, we collect, and help others collect, accurate sociodemographic data. These data, which are kept private and anonymous, allow organizations to provide meaningful and tailored information to patients so that they can work with their providers to make the healthcare choices that are right for them.

While health care organizations have made great strides in collecting certain sociodemographic data, more work needs to be done, particularly when it comes to sexual and gender minorities. During Pride month, which recognizes sexual and gender minorities, we want to highlight a number of resources that are available to assist organizations in collecting better data so that they can better serve their patients. These resources include:

At CMS, we take great pride in putting all of our patients first and empowering them with the information they need to make the best health-related decisions for themselves, and their families. We hope that these resources are helpful as we all work together to improve patient care for every American.

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