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MACRA Input Needed

Congress’s enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) last year repealed Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) in favor of a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) intended to increase quality of care across the United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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Over the next few months, HELEN will host discussions featuring leaders from each TriCaucus member who will share their congressional perspective on advancing health equity in the current Congress.HELEN is excited to feature Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). Congresswoman Chu will share:the history and provide an overview of the Congressional  Asian Pacific American Caucus,  its key policy priorities, including those related to the advancement of health equity,  her perspective on what can be achieved in the 114th Congress and;  opportunities...

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The webinar provides HELEN members from around the country a unique opportunity to come together and learn, discuss and ask questions about how to raise awareness about fair housing and housing mobility as equity issues.The virtual platform will include direct knowledge and insight on fair housing as a health equity issue and the U.S. Supreme Court case, Texas Department of Housing v. the Inclusive Communities Project - the plaintiffs' suit, the challenge to disparate impact, and its implications for desegregation efforts.Speakers for this event include Philip Tegeler, Executive Director of Poverty & Race Research...

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The webinar provides a discussion about the the recent 2014 Mid-Term Elections and its impact on Health Equity.This virtual platform includes analysis of the recent mid-term elections and a comprehensive overview of the Mid-Term Election, including implications for ACA and other health related laws, policies and programs. Guest speakers shared their perspective from the national and state level and responded to questions from the audience and also shared their views on key opportunities to advance health equity legislation at the state level.Speakers included Dr. David Bositis, Political Consultant, David Harrington, former Maryland State Senator and President...