Health Care Disparities

Addressing health and health care disparities requires cooperation across the health care system, from individuals, health care providers, hospitals and health centers, health benefit plans, and government agencies. There is growing evidence to suggest that improving data collection strategies across the health care system by incorporating key data, particularly data on race, ethnicity and language, is likely to have a beneficial effect on reducing health care disparities and improving overall health care quality. 

The Maryland Health Care Commission developed and implemented the Maryland Race/Ethnicity, Language, Interpreters, and Cultural Competency Assessment (RELICC™), a quality measurement tool, to standardize collection and reporting of health plan quality data related to disparity issues. Health plans can use this tool to assist in identifying and ultimately eliminating health disparities. A major objective of RELICC™ is to determine if health plans gather appropriate information of their members and provider network in order to ensure members are engaged and that culturally sensitive and appropriate care is delivered. To learn more about different RELICC™ topics, please select one of the topics to the right.

The Commission remains committed to identifying opportunities to better understand and ultimately eliminate health disparities in our health care system.