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Congress’s enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) last year repealed Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) in favor of a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) intended to increase quality of care across the United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