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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I got a notification that my “Education & Professional Training” data was out of date, so I went to look and see what the problem was.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.Published in