Value-Based Care May Open Doors to Hospice Among Underserved

Posted Saturday, September 11, 2021

Value-based care programs may be the bridge to accessing hospice care among underserved populations. Many hospices are working on expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts since the pandemic shined a light on race and income levels in the healthcare system.

In response, CMMI is currently reevaluating its plan around value-based care with the aim of reducing those disparities, according to a recent Health Affairs report penned by Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the new administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Elizabeth Fowler, director of CMMI, and CMS officials Meena Seshamani and Daniel Tsai.

“We are considering whether and how current models meet the needs of underserved populations and where we could strengthen these approaches, and we are prioritizing potential new models based on their ability to achieve our refreshed vision,” the CMS leaders wrote. “Moreover, it will be important to ground innovations as part of a continuum of care delivery and payment, moving from fee-for-service to the most innovative approaches to drive higher quality, lower-cost care.”

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