Authored by Dashni Sathasivam
Health Equity Solutions recently submitted a public comment on the Office of Health Strategy’s Roadmap for Strengthening and Sustaining Primary Care. This Roadmap is intended to inform the development of the state’s primary care infrastructure through health reforms that expand the team of providers caring for patients, align how they coordinate, and improve the system’s capacity to address social drivers of health by expanding payment options beyond a fee-for-service model.
Structural racism shapes social and economic inequities resulting in disparate health outcomes. HES recommends that the delivery of primary care and related processes and practices do the following to ensure equitable health care access, delivery, and outcomes:
Center equity as a criteria of payment models and measure progress towards equity.
Prioritize monitoring of risk-adjusted payments for adverse impact on people of color.
Integrate community-based supports and organizations.
You can read HES’s full public comment here.