‘Have You Completed Cultural Competency Training?’

 

CAQH is a website that serves as a sort of repository of data on doctors. I have to re-attest every 120 days and update my data. For example, uploading my latest renewal for my malpractice policy, did my office address change, hospital affiliations, and so on. I’m not sure who runs this site but, apparently, insurance companies, etc., use it to get info from one central location.

I got a notification that my “Education & Professional Training” data was out of date, so I went to look and see what the problem was. There is a new question, that I have to answer in order for my file to be considered “Complete.” It gave me the chills:

Cultural Competence Training, often referred to as cultural and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS), can help reduce health disparities and improve health equity. To find training opportunities, click here.

I then had to click “Yes” or “No.” I clicked “No” and then looked outside for black helicopters. I didn’t see any. But I suspect I may be hearing about this soon. From a very nice, helpful lady from the government who wants to help me. Obviously.

I’ve never seen an entry on this simple data-collection site that rationalizes itself like that. They don’t have to explain why it’s important that I graduated from medical school. But they attempted to explain the importance of “Cultural Competence Training.” Because obviously, it’s all about the quality of health care.

Actually, they didn’t even try to suggest that this would improve the quality of health care. They said that it “can help reduce health disparities and improve health equity.” Right! Of course, it can!

I love the term they used, “training opportunities.” Wow! How exciting!

I can’t imagine what a class on “Cultural Competence Training” would be like.

But I suspect that I’m about to find out.

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  1. Randy Webster Member
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    We’re doomed.

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  2. Percival Thatcher
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    @Percival

    Dr. Bastiat:

    Have you completed cultural competency training?

    Cultural Competence Training, often referred to as cultural and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS), can help reduce health disparities and improve health equity.

    Health equity? We’re all going to die. Can’t get much more equitable than that.

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  3. Kozak Member
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  4. Hoyacon Member
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    We’re doomed.

    I yearn for the days when “Equity” was a law school course.

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  5. Kozak Member
    Kozak
    @Kozak

    Having worked recently at Ft Bragg I can easily imagine what this is going to be like  after stuff like this….

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  6. CACrabtree Coolidge
    CACrabtree
    @CACrabtree

    I find this post to be linguistically inappropriate.  Your remedial training directions will be sent via certified mail.  Failure to complete this training will place you in deep s***.  (That’s a technical term.)

     

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  7. Randy Webster Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    We’re doomed.

    I yearn for the days when “Equity” was a law school course.

    I did pretty well in it.

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  8. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    We’re doomed.

    I yearn for the days when “Equity” was a law school course.

    I did pretty well in it.

    How would you do well in it?

    I would think that in a course called “Equity,” everyone would get the same grade.

    If they don’t, that’s proof of discrimination…

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  9. Concretevol Thatcher
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    @Concretevol

    It was a good run America…..

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  10. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Wait . . . do you have to take this garbage course?

    • #10
  11. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Kozak (View Comment):

     

     

    I saw this in another thread and thought that “Cindy’s” comment should be the start of a lively and laugh-filled discussion between “Cindy” and “Michael” about various ethnic foods and eating patterns in different cultures. 

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  12. Full Size Tabby Member
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    I would be tempted to answer “Yes” on the basis of having lived several decades in a variety of places and learned something new in each.

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  13. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Kozak (View Comment):

     

     

    Feelings…nothing more than Feelings.

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  14. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    I would be tempted to answer “Yes” on the basis of having lived several decades in a variety of places and learned something new in each.

    I don’t think that’s what they meant.

    You’re right, of course.

    But that’s not what they meant.

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  15. Basil Fawlty Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    We’re doomed.

    I yearn for the days when “Equity” was a law school course.

    Or a union for actors.

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  16. navyjag Lincoln
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    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    We’re doomed.

    I yearn for the days when “Equity” was a law school course.

    Or a union for actors.

    Most lawyer have to take hours of boring lectures to meet continuing education requirements and keep their licenses to practice. California is 25 hours in 3 years.  Naturally, DEI was one of this year’s lectures. But as long as you are logged in you can watch the football game on TV and still get credit.

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  17. Hoyacon Member
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    navyjag (View Comment):

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    We’re doomed.

    I yearn for the days when “Equity” was a law school course.

    Or a union for actors.

    Most lawyer have to take hours of boring lectures to meet continuing education requirements and keep their licenses to practice. California is 25 hours in 3 years. Naturally, DEI was one of this year’s lectures. But as long as you are logged in you can watch the football game on TV and still get credit.

    Enjoy that option while you can.

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  18. The Reticulator Member
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    Kozak (View Comment):

     

     

    It needs other options than “Go Back” and “Continue.” 

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  19. Old Bathos Moderator
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    The real danger is that they have a real-time record of you responses. Sure, you heaped praise on the peace treaty with EastAsia but next week that will prove you are a traitor when it turns out we have always been at war.

    MLK’s entire collection of writings and speeches are a tacit denial of systemic racism. What shot do the rest of us have?

    This professor was an actual Communist—still not woke enough. You’re toast.

    On the plus side, this is all so stupid, offensive and unpopular we may see a pushback such that everyone will claim to hate wokeism much the way the numbers claiming to be in French Resistance increased dramatically once the Allies liberated Paris.

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  20. TBA Coolidge
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    Stad (View Comment):

    Wait . . . do you have to take this garbage course?

    Of course not , Comrade, is voluntary. Please check refusenik box on permanent record.  

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  21. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    Perhaps I just have a short memory, but was there this much coercion when gays were moving from deviants to part-of-the-fabric-of-society? 

    Please note, I’m fine with gay people. I’m less fine with trans because their claims are considerably less convincing. 

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  22. MarciN Member
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    TBA (View Comment):
    I’m less fine with trans because their claims are considerably less convincing. 

    And to me, their wants and needs and demands are incomprehensible. They want to be considered the opposite sex to what they are, fine, but they don’t want to be identified as any sex, so why did they change? From what to what? 

    For this concession to their emotional needs, we have killed the pronouns “he” and “she,” and we can use only “they.” So in addition to self-identifying as asexual, they are aperson. There is no more person. Only people. 

    There’s no more “mother” or “father.” Just “parents.” I guess we could have two Parents’ Days each spring. :-) 

    I keep hearing in my head that sixties song “What’s It All About, Alfie?.” :-) 

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  23. Jim McConnell Member
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    “For this concession to their emotional needs, we have killed the pronouns “he” and “she,” and we can use only “they.” So in addition to self-identifying as asexual, they are a person. There is no more person. Only people.”

    I find it difficult to read straight (pardon the expression) news stories these days; I keep stumbling over the use of “they” when only one person is mentioned in the article.

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  24. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill
    @CarolJoy

    I just talked to one of my favorite people, FH, to find out if he is back volunteering as a wrestling coach to Jr High and HS students on weekends. Unfortunately he is working far too much to be able to do that this season.

    He also let lose on how much of his time was spent last year, not only on coaching activities and getting the kids to the various meets, but to the various programs the school district requires. He has taken classes on “Realizing which kids are cutters.” Classes on “Realizing which kids are victims of abuse.” Plus the required CPR class. (And at least three or four others.)

    He hopes next year his schedule will be free so he can do his wrestling coach volunteer gig. But he admitted he won’t do it at all  unless the school district assigns some teacher or other person who works at the school to be an assistant coach. The amount of paperwork he had to fill out last year to satisfy the various programs took out more than the time he spent coaching and participating in driving kids to the meets and attending the meets. Part of it, he admits, is that since he is not an employee at the school, he loses valuable time trying to figure out  how to go about fulfilling all the paperwork requirements. Only a school  employee would have the skinny on doing that.

    Ours is a bureaucratic society. It is a wonder that doctors see patients, teachers see students, and pilots fly planes. (In a few more years, they might be doing that only if they work overtime.)

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  25. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    navyjag (View Comment):

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    We’re doomed.

    I yearn for the days when “Equity” was a law school course.

    Or a union for actors.

    Most lawyer have to take hours of boring lectures to meet continuing education requirements and keep their licenses to practice. California is 25 hours in 3 years. Naturally, DEI was one of this year’s lectures. But as long as you are logged in you can watch the football game on TV and still get credit.

    Just so long as you have the audio alert set loud enough and click to confirm you are still in the room every so many minutes.

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  26. Kozak Member
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Kozak (View Comment):

     

     

    It needs other options than “Go Back” and “Continue.”

    How about “Are you f###ing kidding me?”

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  27. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    TBA (View Comment):

    Perhaps I just have a short memory, but was there this much coercion when gays were moving from deviants to part-of-the-fabric-of-society?

    Please note, I’m fine with gay people. I’m less fine with trans because their claims are considerably less convincing.

    I’m okay with both as long as they don’t demand we celebrate the way they are.

    • #27
  28. I Walton Member
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    @IWalton

    Does anyone think there will be fair and honest national elections?    Are we going to just wait and let it happen?

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  29. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    We’re doomed.

    And that was only part  A – will he post what he found in Part B?

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  30. Eugene Kriegsmann Member
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    Welcome to the world I lived in from the early 1970s until I retired in 2013. The training is obnoxious at best. A serious attempt to break down any sense of self-worth you have. They want you to acknowledge the legitmacy of every other culture and its superiority to western culture, the inate superiority of People of Color and the inate corruption of whiteness. While being told about how racially insensitive you are you will be told all that is wrong with being white (as though that wasn’t racism in itself). You will be told that POCs can’t be racist because they have no power (ignoring the fact that their very power is demonstrated in the meeting you are attending). You will likely be expected to make some kind of self-denigrating confession at the end, admitting your guilt and begging for absolution, even though the very terms of the assertions they make make it clear that absolution is impossible. You will bear the mark of Cain throughout your life. Otherwise, it is a fun session.

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