N/A

Detailed Ratings

Key:

Yes No Partial No Data Not Applicable

Criteria 1

Non-Discrimination & Staff Training

Points

N/A

The Non-Discrimination and Staff Training criteria represents the foundational policies and practices in providing LGBTQ-inclusive patient centered care. These questions assess whether a facility has LGBTQ-inclusive policies and whether the facility shares these policies with the public and its patients and staff. In order to most effectively implement these policies, we also require training for staff in LGBTQ-inclusive care. All questions in this section are scored and must be met in order to receive full credit: up to 40 points.

Sub-Criteria

Patient Non-Discrimination

N/A

Does not support: Patient Non-Discrimination Policy is LGBTQ-inclusive

Visitation Non-Discrimination

N/A

Does not support: Visitation Policy is LGBTQ-inclusive

Employment Non-Discrimination

N/A

No Data Available: Employment Non-Discrimination Policy is LGBTQ-inclusive

Criteria 2

Patient Services & Support

Points

N/A

The questions in this criteria all relate to best practices in the provision of Patient Services & Support—this could include providing LGBTQ clinical services, hiring a patient advocate for transgender patients, collecting sexual orientation and gender identity data in health records or providing training on LGBTQ inclusive medical decision making options, and more. In order to receive full credit (30 points) for this criteria, a facility must have implemented 11 or more of the recommended best practices. A facility may receive partial credit (15 points) for this criteria if it has implemented 6 to 10 of the best practices.

Criteria 3

Employee Benefits & Policies

Points

N/A

The Employee Benefits and Policies criteria focuses on creating an LGBTQ-inclusive workplace for healthcare facilities’ employees—these efforts include equal benefits for LGBTQ employees, transgender-inclusive health insurance benefits, employee resource groups, LGBTQ-inclusive hiring efforts, employee transition support, and more. This criterion is divided into two scored subsections. In order to receive full credit (15 points) for the first subsection, a facility must have implemented 7 or more of the recommended best practices. A facility may receive partial credit (10 points) for this criteria if it has implemented 4 to 6 of the best practices. The second subsection is related to the provision of transgender healthcare benefits for employees and is worth 5 points.

Criteria 4

Patient & Community Engagement

Points

N/A

The Patient & Community Engagement criteria focuses on community outreach and promotion to let the LGBTQ community know that healthcare facilities are a welcoming and affirming setting, working toward LGBTQ inclusion. Efforts to promote community inclusion may include, meeting with local LGBTQ groups, sponsoring a local pride event, developing LGBTQ focused marketing materials, and more. In order to receive full credit (10 points) for this section, a facility must have implemented 4 or more of the recommended best practices. A facility may receive partial credit (5 points) for this criteria if it has implemented 2 to 3 of the best practices.

Criteria 5

Responsible Citizenship

Points Deducted

No Penalty

This section focuses on known activity that would undermine LGBTQ equality or patient care. Healthcare facilities will have 25 points deducted from their score for a large-scale official or public anti-LGBTQ blemish on their recent records. Scores on this criterion are based on information that has come to HRC Foundation’s attention related to topics including but not limited to:

  • revoking inclusive LGBTQ policies or practices;
  • facilitating the continued practice of healthcare providers that provide or promote LGBTQ related treatment or services to that have been discredited by mainstream medical and mental health organizations, including, but not limited to, “conversion therapy”;
  • engaging in proven practices that are contrary to the facility's written LGBTQ patient or employment policies;
  • or directing charitable contributions or other public support to organizations whose primary mission includes advocacy against LGBTQ equality or care.

In the HEI 2018, only one hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, received this point deduction. Click here to learn why.