For years, providers have been talking about tackling health equity gaps in healthcare.
But in 2023 new requirements from the federal government mean it is now time for some to walk the walk.
“This has been twenty years in the talking stage,” said Paul Shields, M.D., CEO and chief medical officer of the Great Lakes Integrated Network, a New York-based physician network. “I think it is an exciting time. I know it is a lot of work.”
The Biden administration has made health equity a major pillar of its regulatory portfolio.
Next year will be the start of a new payment model that calls for not just the collection of health equity data to determine social risk factors, but also the implementation of solutions to address these problems. Providers that have been working on equity for years are lauding the decisions to move beyond planning and collecting data and into action.