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CMS Health Equity Award

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS Office of Minority Health
Dec 7, 2018

Alexandra Bryden


The CMS Health Equity Award is an honorary award to recognize an organization that demonstrates a commitment to health equity by reducing disparities among the CMS beneficiaries they serve, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, and those living in rural areas.

The awardee will have demonstrated results in disparities measures related to, but not limited to, CMS Meaningful Measure priorities, including:

  • Make care safer by reducing harm caused in the delivery in care
  • Strengthen personal and family engagement as partners in their care
  • Promote effective communication and coordination of care
  • Promote effective prevention and treatment of chronic disease
  • Work with communities to promote best practices of healthy living
  • Make care affordable

The award will be given at the 2019 CMS Quality Conference.


Eligible awardees include all CMS partner and stakeholder organizations, including but not limited to:

  • Quality Innovation Networks-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs)
  • Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIINs)
  • Hospitals
  • State Medicaid agencies
  • Health plans
  • Model participants
  • Provider groups and organizations
  • All other organizations who work with CMS beneficiaries and their providers
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

This is an honorary award. One entity will be awarded each year.

Application process

Nominations must come through CMS leadership, program and policy staff, and Contract Officer Representatives (CORs).

To suggest an organization, contact the appropriate CMS Representative.

CMS staff should email nomination forms to Alexandra Bryden by December 7, 2018.

Tagged as
Access · Care coordination · Health disparities · Healthcare quality · LGBT · Medicaid · Medicare · Minorities · People with disabilities

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