The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health released “The Path Forward: Improving Data to Advance Health Equity Solutions”, which for the first time, outlines a plan to tackle health equity data efforts across CMS programs to achieve health equity by underlining the importance of health equity data collection and chart the next steps for CMS to improve data collection efforts and, in turn, advance health equity.
In a recent blog post, CMS outlined steps to address data issues such as aligning standards for collection and gradually implementing equity scores. CMS defines health equity data as the combination of quantitative and qualitative elements that enable the examination of health differences between populations and their causes.
CMS intends to move forward with their future vision for health equity data by collecting new health equity elements, aligning standards, implementing health equity scores, and providing industry with the tools to and access to data need to further drive health equity goals and actions. These are all outlined in the blog post.