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Finding Answers Meets Bridging the Gap to Share Lessons Learned

The Merck Foundation recently launched Bridging the Gap, a pioneering effort to address the social and medical causes of disparities in diabetes care in eight underserved communities across the United States. Its stakeholders are particularly interested in developing sustainable models that address the medical and social needs of vulnerable populations.  

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Engaging Payers in Health Care Equity Interventions

Healthfirst is a provider of Medicaid Managed Care plans in downstate New York and, in concert with our sponsor hospitals and medical centers in New York City, has been at the forefront of value-based care models since we were founded 25 years ago. As a Medicaid plan provider, people with a variety of complex health needs trust us on their care journey, so we care about health inequities and the impact on our communities.

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Value-based Payment Policies Can Help Reduce Health Care Disparities—If We Do It Right

As the health care system moves towards value-based payment, we need performance measures that can assess and monitor disparities in health and health care. The National Quality Forum’s Health Equity Roadmap provides a structure to reconsider longstanding disparities in the context of value-based payment and emerging care models.

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A County Holds Itself Accountable

Fostering a culture of equity across the entire Health and Human Services System is not just a lofty strategic goal for Fairfax County, Virginia. It is also something the Community Health Care Network (CHCN) has been actively working to achieve for many years. In the 1980s, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors became concerned about the difficulties encountered by the County’s low-income and uninsured residents in obtaining health care, and financed a study of the issue.

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