Datapoint: Independence Blue Cross Launches Effort to Eliminate Race-Based Medicine

Independence Blue Cross (IBX) on Aug. 10 unveiled efforts to form a coalition of hospitals and providers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that will evaluate 15 clinical decision support tools “that adjust results based on a person’s race, potentially causing delays and inequities in care,” per a press release. The companies plan on eliminating the use of race as a variable in some of those tools and discussing alternatives that “do not reinforce a biological understanding of race.” The group is called the Regional Coalition to Eliminate Race-Based Medicine and includes Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Doylestown Health, Grand View Health, Jefferson Health, Main Line Health, Nemours Children’s Health, Penn Medicine, Redeemer Health, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Temple Health, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic and Virtua Health. IBX is currently the second-largest insurer in Pennsylvania, serving 2,100,951 members. Its public-sector focused affiliate insurer, AmeriHealth Caritas, serves an additional 1,078,817 members.

Source: AIS’s Directory of Health Plans

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