The ongoing effort to transform health care in the United States is an important opportunity to address racial, ethnic, and other health inequities directly and deliberately. A central pillar in delivery system and payment reform is promoting evidence-based care: incentivizing treatments with strong evidence of success and appropriate value, and disincentivizing those that are not supported by a strong evidence base.
A Framework for Advancing Health Equity and Value: Policy Options for Reducing Health Inequities by Transforming Healthcare Delivery and Payment Systems
Families USA created the Health Equity Task Force for Delivery and Payment Transformation to bring together state and national health equity thought leaders to catalyze much-needed action to leverage health system transformation for the benefit of those whom the health system is leaving behind. Ensuring that people who are facing the biggest barriers to good health and high-quality health care are served well by the health care system will improve care for everyone.
Blueprint for Health Care Advocacy: How Community Health Workers Are Driving Health Equity and Value in New Mexico
Across the health care system, there is tremendous interest and momentum in reforming the way health care is delivered and paid for in order to improve health care quality and outcomes and at the same time, reduce costs. These reform efforts create an enormous opportunity to improve resources, infrastructure, and incentives for interventions to meaningfully reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. Yet, if these reforms are not designed and implemented carefully, they could actually end up making these disparities worse.
The Health Equity Task Force for Delivery and Payment Transformation’s Top 19 Recommendations for 2019 and Beyond.
There has been an important and ongoing effort over the past decade to address the manifest failures of our health care system by changing payment and provider organization to reward value and not volume. But transformation efforts largely ignore one of our system’s most fundamental problems: persistent, extensive, severe, and costly health and health care inequities based on race, ethnicity, and geography, among other factors.
Financial Support for Safety Net and Small Community Providers to Participate in Delivery System Reform: Medicaid-Based Options for States.
As efforts continue to remedy the failures of our health care system by changing how providers are paid and care delivery is organized, it is imperative that achieving health equity be included in the equation. Unfortunately, health system transformation efforts have largely ignored one of our health care system’s most fundamentally wasteful and unfair problems: persistent racial, ethnic, and geographic health and health care inequities. So instead of leveraging the opportunity of health system transformation to accelerate achieving health equity and better health and health care for all, unintended consequences could actually be making inequities worse.
For those of us engaged in the daily work of bending the arc of history toward justice, the last few weeks have pierced us to our core.
As health equity advocates, the very heart of our vocation is a shared belief that every single human being has the right to live a healthy life—a right that must be supported with resources and concrete action.
As a companion piece to our monthly roundoup of notable health equity news, we have compiled a list of our favorite new resources, events you should know about, and job openings from around the country.
In addition to our monthly roundup of notable health equity news, we have compiled a list of our favorite new resources, events you should know about, and job openings.
New Health Equity Resources
CMS Rejects Ohio's Request for Harsh Policies in Its Medicaid Program, Dee Mahan and Erica Turret, Families USA
A new bill in Congress offers a vision for what Congress could achieve if it were truly committed to ending health disparities. In the current political environment, we don’t anticipate Congress will act any time soon on the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2016 (HEAA), sponsored by Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois.
But in the meantime, health equity advocates can look to the HEAA for ideas about concrete policy solutions they could potentially pursue through other avenues, including state legislative or regulatory action.