CMS Releases Plan to Address Health Equity in Medicine - McDermott+Consulting

CMS Releases Plan to Address Health Equity in Medicine

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) has unveiled its first plan to address health equity in Medicare.

Per CMS, the equity plan “focuses on Medicare populations that experience disproportionately high burdens of disease, lower quality of care, and barriers accessing care. These include racial and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, people with disabilities, and those living in rural areas.”

CMS highlights 6 priority areas:

  • Priority 1: Expand the Collection, Reporting, and Analysis of Standardized Data
  • Priority 2: Evaluate Disparities Impacts and Integrate Equity Solutions Across CMS Programs
  • Priority 3: Develop and Disseminate Promising Approaches to Reduce Health Disparities
  • Priority 4: Increase the Ability of the Health Care Workforce to Meet the Needs of Vulnerable Populations
  • Priority 5: Improve Communication and Language Access for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency and Persons with Disabilities
  • Priority 6: Increase Physical Accessibility of Health Care Facilities

For more information, please refer to the CMS press release.