CMS Launches the Framework for Health Equity

The CMS Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) has released the CMS Framework for Health Equity. This Framework challenges us to incorporate health equity and efforts to address health disparities as a foundational element across all our work —  in every program and across every community. Using five priority areas, CMS will use this framework to design, implement, and operationalize policies and programs to support health for all people served by our programs, eliminating avoidable differences in health outcomes experienced by people who are disadvantaged or underserved, and providing the care and support that our enrollees need to thrive.

Across our Centers and Offices, we are committed to taking an integrated, action-oriented approach to identify and remedy systemic barriers to equity so that every one of the people we serve has a fair and just opportunity to attain their optimal health regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, preferred language, or other factors that affect access to care and health outcomes.

The CMS Framework for Health Equity identified high-impact priorities based on stakeholder engagement, a review of the evidence base, and discussions across federal partners. It updates the previous Medicare-focused CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare with an enhanced and more comprehensive 10-year approach to further embed health equity across Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The updated CMS Framework for Health Equity also brings focus to CMS’ work supporting health care organizations, health care professionals and partners—providers, health plans, federal, state, and local partners, tribal nations, individuals and families, quality improvement partners, researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders—in activities to achieve health equity.

Join us to learn more! CMS OMH will host a virtual symposium to showcase the CMS Framework for Health Equity and detail the 5 priority areas. Join us to learn more:

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