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Reducing Disparities in Lipid Testing for African-American Diabetes: Interim Reporting

Author: KRISTIN M. MICHALOWSKI, JAY A. GOLD, DEBRA L. MORSE, and JOSEPH N. BLUESTEIN
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 26 No. 3

Health care disparities exist throughout the United States. MetaStar, the
Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Wisconsin, has
developed a project designed to define, study, and reduce an identi-
fiable health care disparity in Wisconsin. A disparity of 17% exists
between the rate that African-American Medicare beneficiaries with
diabetes and non-African-American Medicare beneficiaries receive
lipid panel tests in Wisconsin. This article reviews the various methods
that MetaStar has used to learn about this disparity, the African-
American community, and the providers who serve this population. In
addition, interventions developed from the information gathered
through the learning activities are briefly described.

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