Thank You for Voicing Your Comments on Healthcare Quality and Equity

Congress’s enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) last year repealed Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) in favor of a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) intended to increase quality of care across the United States. The law was designed to shift how health care providers are paid from a volume-based payment system to a value-based system. While well-intentioned, this push raises several concerns especially as states begin to also adopt and promote similar policies with their Medicaid programs. Most notably that providers with higher quality scores tend to also have higher disparities in care among racial and ethnic minorities and other vulnerable populations.

An Open Letter of Welcome from Daniel Dawes, JD., and Brian Smedley, PhD.

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN)!

HELEN is launching at a crucial time in our country’s history and will work to advance health equity by connecting people, ideas, and information.