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CMS Proposes Policies to Improve Patient Safety and Promote Health Equity

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule for inpatient and long-term care hospitals that builds on the Biden-Harris Administration’s key priorities to advance health equity and support underserved communities.

CMS is proposing to make health equity adjustments in the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program by providing incentives to hospitals to perform well on existing measures and to those who care for high proportions of underserved individuals, as defined by dual eligibility status. This builds on previous efforts to advance health equity through the finalized health equity adjustment in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and finalized policies in Medicare Advantage and Part D Star Ratings Program. CMS also proposes to recognize the higher costs that hospitals incur when treating people experiencing homelessness and when hospitals report social determinants of health codes on claims. In addition, CMS is requesting comments on how to further support safety-net hospitals.

Learn more about the proposed payment rule.

Biden-Harris Administration Hosts Historic Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Federal Employee Leadership Development Conference

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On May 23, 2023, the Biden-Harris Administration hosted a conference focused on supporting Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) federal employees and cultivating leaders within the federal government–marking the first time such an event has been held at this scale and by any administration since 2014.

Through a fireside chat discussion and breakout sessions with Biden-Harris Administration leaders, attendees explored the most urgent challenges facing AA and NHPI public servants and celebrated AA and NHPI Heritage Month under the theme ‘Visible Together.’

Read more about this conference and how the administration is working to advance equity, justice, and opportunity for AA and NHPI communities.