Mar 2014 News

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Thanks to Trish Quema, Roxanna Bautista, and the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum for presenting their work with Asian American cancer survivors at the February ARCH meeting. For presentation slides, click here. For more information, check out http://www.apiahf.org/programs/chronic-diseases/api-national-cancer-survivors-network

  We urge everyone with an interest in improving Asian American health to review the new proposed federal rules for Electronic Health Records for 2015.  This can be found at http://healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/standards-and-certification-regulations. Of particular interest is the request to comment on whether “we should require that EHR technology be capable of providing patient-specific education resources in a patient's preferred language in the 2015, in a potential 2017 Edition certification criterion, or in both." The commenting period ends 4/28/14.

Abstract Highlights

A study of health care expenditures using the 2002–2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) found that Asian Americans had lower total health care expenditures compared with non-Hispanic whites. It is hard to know whether this is good (better health and less health care costs) or bad (less access and utilization when needed).  Nativity/citizenship, language preference, and English proficiency accounted for 53.2% of the gap in expenditures between Asian Americans and non-Hispanic whites, while self-reported health and rates in depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, and hypertension accounted for the rest of the difference.

A study of 7,387 Asian Americans who were screened for hepatitis B at community screenings found a chronic hepatitis B rate of 5%. Disturbingly, almost half of those who had chronic hepatitis B still had no follow-up 6 months later, primarily due to lack of health insurance.

Health care expenditures among Asian American subgroups.
Chen J, Vargas-Bustamante A, Ortega AN.
Med Care Res Rev. 2013 Jun;70(3):310-29.

Demographic and serological characteristics of Asian Americans with hepatitis B infection diagnosed at community screenings.
Xu JJ, Tien C, Chang M, Rhee J, Tien A, Bae HS, Ho FC, Chan LS, Fong TL.
J Viral Hepat. 2013 Aug;20(8):575-81.

Mukherjea A, Wackowski O, Lee YO, Delnevo CD. Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Tobacco Use Patterns. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2014; 38(3): 362-369. http://png.publisher.ingentaconnect.com/content/png/ajhb/2014/00000038/00000003/art00005

Nam SSong HJPark SYSong Y. Challenges of diabetes management in immigrant Korean Americans. Diabetes Educ. 2013 Mar-Apr;39(2):213-21. Epub 2013 Feb 20.

Azuma KCurb JDKadowaki T, et al. Ethnic difference in liver fat content: a cross-sectional observation among Japanese American in Hawaii, Japanese in Japan, and non-Hispanic whites in United States. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2013 May-Jun;7(3):e198-205. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23697588

Kin KC, Lin B, Chaung KT, et al. Less-established risk factors are common in Asian Americans with hepatitis C virus: a case-controlled study. Dig Dis Sci. 2013 Nov;58(11):3342-7. doi: 10.1007/s10620-013-2884-6. Epub 2013 Oct 1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24081641

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