CHA News Article

HHS Requests Information on Improving Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Social Risk Factors

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation is assessing the effect of an individual’s socioeconomic status on quality and resource use measures under the Medicare program. This evaluation is required by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014.

HHS issued the attached request for information on how providers and health plans are working to improve health outcomes for beneficiaries with social risk factors. Specifically, HHS is interested in:

  • How beneficiaries with social risk factors are identified
  • Approaches used to address their needs
  • The impact of these approaches on quality outcomes and total cost of care
  • How a beneficiary’s social and medical risks can be separated and addressed on their own

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