The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting nominations until December 7 for its second annual Health Equity Award, which recognizes organizations that are closing the gaps in health care quality, access or outcomes for priority populations — specifically racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, or individuals living in rural areas.
The award will be presented to an organization doing work over the past year (January 1 - December 31, 2018) to advance health equity with demonstrated results. Suggested areas of improvement in disparities measures may be related, but are not limited, to CMS Meaningful Measures priorities, including:
- Promoting Effective Communication and Coordination of Care
- Promoting Effective Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease
- Working with Communities to Promote Best Practices of Healthy Living
- Making Care Affordable
- Making Care Safer by Reducing Harm Caused in the Delivery of Care
- Strengthening Person and Family Engagement as Partners in Their Care
Those eligible for nomination include all CMS partner/stakeholder organizations and networks at the organizational level, including Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations, Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care-Quality Improvement Organizations, Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks, Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Networks, End-Stage Renal Disease Networks, hospitals, state Medicaid agencies, health plans, model participants, provider groups and organizations, and all other organizations that work with CMS beneficiaries and their providers.
CMS’ Office of Minority Health presented the inaugural Health Equity awards to Novant Health and Kaiser Permanente during the 2018 CMS Quality Conference. The 2019 award will be presented at the upcoming CMS Quality Conference in Baltimore in January 2019. The award winner will receive national recognition by CMS and peers via various CMS communication channels.