The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created a new accountable care organization (ACO) program, known as ACO Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (REACH). The program represents an effort to better reflect CMS’s goals of achieving equitable outcomes through improving quality of care and focusing on patients in underserved communities. Addressing health inequities is a place where providers may have a large learning curve with regards to data analysis, so in this paper, we discuss:
- Background on health equity
- Guidance on the health equity plan for REACH ACOs
- Two examples of simple health equity data analyses
ACO REACH: Leveraging data to reach the underserved and address disparities
Now that CMS requires REACH ACOs to measure and address health equity, providers face a steep learning curve with data analysis.