Take steps to improve healthcare disparities, such as Population Health Toolkit or other resources identified by CMS, the Learning and Action Network, Quality Innovation Network, or National Coordinating Center. Refer to the local Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for additional steps to take for improving health status of communities as there are many steps to select from for satisfying this activity. QIOs work under the direction of CMS to assist eligible clinicians and groups with quality improvement, and review quality concerns for the protection of beneficiaries and the Medicare Trust Fund.
ObjectiveDecrease healthcare disparities and improve health status in underserved communities.
Evidence of activity to decrease health disparities. Include both of the following elements:
1) Resources used to decrease disparities – Copies of resources used (e.g., Population Health Toolkit, Learning Action Network materials); AND
2) Documentation of action plan – Report detailing activity with a plan of action to decrease specific identified disparities, using the resources specified. This plan should include evidence of the health disparity targeted, detailed plan for improvement, and the specific outcomes targeted for improvement.