Legality of Collecting and Disclosing Patient Race and Ethnicity Data

Legality of Collecting and Disclosing Patient Race and Ethnicity Data

According to The Legality of Collecting and Disclosing Patient Race and Ethnicity Data (19 pages, PDF), there is no liability for healthcare providers who collect and report data by race or ethnicity when undertaken as part of a quality-improvement program. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the report by the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services recommends establishing federal and state compliance guidelines for data collection and reporting to encourage better practices for delivering quality health care.