ArticleHealth Care Disparities as a Health Care Quality Management ChallengeNusbaum, Neil J. JD, MD, FACHEAuthor Information Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, Illinois. Corresponding author: Neil J. Nusbaum, JD, MD, FACHE, Department of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, IL 61107-1897 ([email protected]). The author is an investigator on Project EXPORT, with grant number 5 P20 MD 524-2 from the National Center of Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health. The contents are solely the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the official view of the National Institutes of Health. The material herein presented was adapted from a Fellow project prepared in partial fulfillment of the requirements for Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives. The Health Care Manager: October 2007 - Volume 26 - Issue 4 - p 347-353 doi: 10.1097/01.HCM.0000299253.91559.67 Buy Metrics Abstract Health care executives are accustomed to using a variety of comparative data from both within and outside their organization. Internal data commonly used include previous year data, to compare to the performance of the current year. External data used commonly include performance against industry benchmarks, such as HEDIS. It is hypothesized that another very useful source of data is an analysis of health care disparities. The focus can be placed on disparities among components of one's own organization, using internal organizational data. Another fruitful focus may be upon disparities between the health care environment within one's own organization and that in the local community. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.