During this session, attendees will learn about The Joint Commission’s new healthcare equity accreditation requirements, designed to help organizations establish processes foundational to equitable delivery of care. Christina Cordero, Project Director for The Joint Commission’s Health Care Standards Development team, will walk through the new requirements that encompass several topic areas: making healthcare equity a leader-driven priority; establishing processes for assessing patients for health-related social needs; using data to identify disparities across patient groups; prioritizing, planning, and taking action; monitoring progress; and sharing progress with key stakeholders.
This session will also provide practical insights from an extensive urban safety net hospital system in Chicago. Their team has successfully applied systematic approaches to hard-wire healthcare equity into their systems and drive actionable change for the patient community that they serve. Dr. William Trick, MD, of Cook County Health, will share data-driven strategies focused on collecting and analyzing health-related social needs identified through the patient assessment process. Dr. Trick’s presentation will describe CCHs’ procedures to translate patient responses to ICD-10 Z-Codes to standardize the collection of factors influencing patient health status. Utilizing this information, CCH is able to readily identify disparities across patient groups and directly targeted efforts to advance healthcare equity.