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Racial Disparities after Massachusetts Health Reform: Does Expanded Insurance Coverage Impact Variation in Surgical Care?

 

Racial and Ethnic Disparities:
Keeping Current Seminar Series

 

Racial Disparities after Massachusetts Health Reform: Does Expanded Insurance Coverage Impact Variation in Surgical Care?

 

Brought to you by the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
12:30 -1:30 pm
Sweet Conference Room, Gray/Bigelow Building, Massachusetts General Hospital

 

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The Racial and Ethnic Disparities: Keeping Current seminar series aims to disseminate the latest information on interventions, research findings, and health policy updates regarding efforts to reduce disparities. These discussion forums feature informative presentations from experts in the field as well as context, perspectives, and opinions from key healthcare stakeholders. 

Please join us for a presentation by Andrew Loehrer, MD, Research Fellow at the Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness in Surgery, General Surgery Resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and a Disparities Solutions Center Associate. Racial disparities in access to and outcomes of surgical care persist for a multitude of surgical diseases, with racially diverse patients being more likely to present with advanced surgical disease and less likely to undergo standard-of-care surgical procedures as compared to white patients. Disentangling the drivers of such disparities has remained challenging given considerable confounding between patient race, primary payer, and socioeconomic status. However, the 2006 Massachusetts health reform provides a unique natural experiment to evaluate the impact of insurance expansion on variation in surgical care by patient race. This seminar will examine racial disparities in surgery before and after the 2006 insurance expansion while providing potential insights into the impact of national health reform on racial disparities in surgical disease.

All Keeping Current Seminar series events are free and open to the public. This event will be held in the Sweet Conference Room at Massachusetts General Hospital, and members of local health care and research communities are encouraged to attend. Light lunch will be served. Please RSVP to disparitiessolutions@partners.org to reserve your spot. Please visit the DSC website for more information.