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The Health Equity Leadership & Exchange Network (HELEN) in conjunction withThe Johns Hopkins University Pressis proud to announce a new special series:Health Equity in America About the Book Series:Health Equity in America is an ambitious project, meant to both define health equity across diverse scholarly disciplines, and to familiarize its concepts for a broad swath of Americans. In keeping with the outstanding work that has been done thus far to bring attention to issues impacting health equity, we believe that carefully chosen words – books – can shape conversations, influence the culture in...

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Congress’s enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) last year repealed Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) in favor of a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) intended to increase quality of care across the United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Congress’s enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) last year repealed Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) in favor of a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) intended to increase quality of care across the United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