The vast majority of hospitals in the United States—up to 80%—treat patient populations that are disproportionately white, U.S. News & World Report said, unveiling a new suite of health equity measures earlier this week.
When Ben Harder and his team of health analysts at U.S. News & World Report developed a suite of health equity measures for America’s hospitals, they expected to find some level of disparity, but nothing prepared them for the shocking magnitude of inequity they uncovered.
To comprehend the significance of disparities articulated in the U.S. News study and define the scorecards’ impact on bragging rights at cancer centers, The Cancer Letter asked four leaders in oncology to evaluate the health equity measures.
On the heels of the National Cancer Act of 1974, then-NCI director Frank Rauscher identifies four more Comprehensive Cancer Centers, bringing the number to 16. Today, there are 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers.
Lakshmanan Krishnamurti was named chief of pediatric hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplant at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and Leader of the Smilow Cancer Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program.