A majority of Medicaid managed care organizations have modified or abandoned algorithms, policies or models they determined to be racially biased, according to survey results the Institute for Medicaid Innovation released Friday.
The institute found that 88% of Medicaid carriers revised health management tools to remove biases that negatively affected the health of people of color over the year prior to the survey. Health insurance companies including Kaiser Permanente, Centene and UnitedHealthcare are also collecting more information about their policyholders, including race, ethnicity, language and social determinants of health data.
The efforts go hand in hand. Insurers hope to use the data to address health disparities and to identify when their own algorithms and models may be exacerbating them.
Aetna, CareSource, Elevance Health, Humana, Independence Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, UCare and UnitedHealthcare, which administer Medicaid plans in various states, did not respond to or declined interview requests.