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Thank you for joining our health equity webinar and submitting insightful questions that will help us to continue to advance health equity. On February 22, 2017, HELEN and Community Catalyst worked together to host a webinar entitled "The Continuing Struggle for Health Equity: A Look at the Challenges and Opportunities for Health Reform and Health Equity in 2017 and Beyond." Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland provided special remarks and Dr. Brian Smedley moderated a riveting discussion presented by Daniel Dawes and Dara S. Taylor. For those members who registered, a recording of the event is now available in the library for download....

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Congress’s enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) last year repealed Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) in favor of a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) intended to increase quality of care across the United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...

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Congress’s enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) last year repealed Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) in favor of a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) intended to increase quality of care across the United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. 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.On May 9, 2016 CMS released...

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The National Minority Quality Forum is pleased to announce the establishment of The 40 Under 40 Leaders in Health Awards, honoring influential young African American leaders making a difference in healthcare.We encourage a wide range of health professionals to apply: physicians, pharmacists, dentists, anesthesiologists, nurses, policy experts, researchers, and others. All nominations are to be submitted online here. Nominations will be accepted until February 1, 2016. Honorees will be awarded at the Congressional Black Caucus Spring Health Braintrust Gala in Washington, DC with special guest CBC Health Braintrust Chair Congresswoman Robin Kelly. Please direct any questions to 4...

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CMS officials have publicly indicated that they intend to adjust the Medicare Advantage star rating system to account for the socioeconomic status (SES) of a plan’s beneficiaries.  Under the current ratings system, health plans serving largely low-income individuals have expressed concerns that they are unfairly penalized for the differential effort required to serve high proportions of low SES beneficiaries. According to a report by Modern Healthcare, acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt stated that CMS research “shows that there are statistically significant results for low-income and disabled beneficiaries in certain measures. We are now considering what...