CMS Framework for Health Equity 2022 - 2023

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Priority 1: Expand the Collection, Reporting, and Analysis of Standardized Data

CMS is dedicated to improving the acquisition and utilization of comprehensive, standardized data at the individual level, focusing on demographic information and social determinants of health (SDOH). This data encompasses factors such as race, ethnicity, language, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, and SDOH. By deepening our comprehension of the unique needs of those we serve, including social risk factors and evolving community needs, CMS can harness the power of quality improvement tools to ensure that equitable care and coverage are accessible to all.

Priority 2: Assess Causes of Disparities Within CMS Programs and Address Inequities in Policies and Operations to Close Gaps

CMS is moving beyond mere observation, committing to a proactive approach in assessing our programs and policies for any unintended consequences. We are dedicated to making tangible, actionable decisions regarding our policies, investments, and resource allocations. Our objectives include explicit measurement of the effects of our policies on health equity, development of sustainable solutions to bridge gaps in health and healthcare access, quality, and outcomes, and investing in initiatives that actively combat health disparities.