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HFMA’s first Black chair tells finance leaders to focus on diversity, inclusion and health equity

Healthcare Financial Management Association’s new chair, Tammie L. Jackson

Healthcare Financial Management Association Chair Tammie L. Jackson called on healthcare finance leaders to focus on reducing healthcare disparities and promoting health equity, during HFMA’s Annual Conference held this week in Minneapolis and online.

While health disparities have been documented for decades, the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination efforts brought the issue to the forefront for providers, payers and employers.

An August Business Group on Health survey showed that health equity and COVID-19’s long-term impact were among the top five major areas of concern for large U.S. employers.
 
“Health disparities have long been part of our ‘before’ narrative, well researched and documented for decades,” Jackson told finance professionals¬†in a statement released by the HFMA. “No matter your role in this industry, there is much we can each do to make bold decisions and promote health equity. If we are well informed,

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