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BCBSRI Honors Healthcare Sites for Exceptional LGBTQ-Inclusive Care

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island commends providers committed to exemplary LGBTQ healthcare services

March 21, 2023Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) has taken a significant step in recognizing and advocating for LGBTQ-inclusive care in the healthcare industry. Recently, the organization acknowledged five healthcare sites that have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional care to the LGBTQ community.

The recognition comes in the form of an LGBTQ Safe Zone certification. LGBTQ Safe Zone certification occurs twice a year when the payer assigns them to healthcare sites.

To receive an LGBTQ Safe Zone certification, organizations must certify that providers have demonstrated care designed to meet the specific needs of LGBTQ patients. This can include staff training that caters to the care of LGBTQ patients, protection from discrimination based on gender identity or expression, gender neutral bathrooms, and inclusive forms and procedures, and a public commitment to connecting with and serving the LGBTQ community. In addition, sites must have a public commitment to connecting with and serving the LGBTQ community.

The five new healthcare sites recognized by BCBSRI that are part of Lifespan and its affiliate, Coastal Medical: include:

  • Hasbro Children’s Hospital Adolescent Medical Clinic
  • Hasbro Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Services
  • The Miriam Hospital Infectious Disease Department
  • The Miriam Hospital’s Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Clinic
  • Coastal Medical Consultants in Cardiology

These providers have demonstrated excellence in fostering a welcoming and supportive environment for LGBTQ patients, concentrating on promoting health equity and reducing disparities.

A key factor shared among these healthcare sites is their dedication to staff training in LGBTQ-inclusive care. By educating their employees on the distinct needs and challenges faced by the LGBTQ community, these providers ensure that their staff can deliver the highest quality care to all patients.

In addition to staff training, these healthcare sites have implemented patient-centered policies that cultivate an inclusive atmosphere. These policies encompass gender-neutral restrooms, inclusive language in patient forms, and the utilization of preferred names and pronouns.

Furthermore, the recognized providers offer a variety of LGBTQ-specific health services, such as hormone therapy for transgender patients and HIV prevention and care. By providing these specialized services, they exhibit a profound understanding of the unique health needs of the LGBTQ community.

BCBSRI’s initiative not only contributes to creating a more inclusive healthcare environment but also conveys a powerful message to the LGBTQ community regarding the importance of seeking appropriate care. By recognizing providers that excel in LGBTQ-inclusive care, BCBSRI aspires to inspire more healthcare sites to adopt similar practices, ultimately improving the overall health and well-being of the LGBTQ community.

This recognition from BCBSRI constitutes a significant advancement in promoting health equity and ensuring that LGBTQ individuals receive the quality care they deserve. As more healthcare providers prioritize inclusivity and address the unique needs of the LGBTQ community, the industry will continue to progress toward a more equitable future.

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