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CMS Seeks Input on Health Equity, Program Efficiency

On Sept. 6, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a request for information (RFI) on health care access and equity, provider experiences, and the effect of policies introduced during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

In the RFI, the agency focuses on four topic areas:

  • accessing, paying for, and utilizing health care services and related challenges;
  • understanding the experiences of health care providers, including provider well-being and distribution of health care workforce;
  • advancing health equity across CMS programs by understanding individual and community-level burdens, health-related social needs, and strategies to mitigate health inequities; and
  • understanding the effect of waivers and flexibility granted during the COVID-19 public health emergency to identify areas for improvement and opportunities to decrease burden.

CMS shared instructions to submit comments, due Nov. 4.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Maryellen Guinan is a principal policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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