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Focus Group for CMS Health Equity Initiative
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
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CMS is currently seeking ways to address the urgent need for improving access to, and equity within, hospice care for patients, through their Health Equity Initiative. Concurrent with that aim is a discussion about how to accurately measure what hospices are already doing to support their DEI efforts. CMS is currently collecting public comments by posting four questions, which are intended to gather information on these efforts; these questions are posted below.

SWHPN is working with the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care to submit comments. We would like to gather a focus group of hospice social workers to specifically offer feedback from our field. This is particularly important to have social workers' voices included in the discussion about race, ethnicity, and social determinants of health, and their impact on accessing quality hospice care. 

The focus group will take place on Tuesday, May 24 at 12:00 pm EST / 9:00 am PST. If you are interested in joining this focus group to give feedback, please share your name and email address here. We will be offering a $10 gift card to the first 25 registrants that attend the focus group. We will follow up with a calendar invite and the zoom link.

Please reach out to Jessica Strong, SWHPN Executive Director, if you have any questions.

Questions for discussion

Given the value of the comments thus far and the ongoing development of activities to improve health equity, we solicit public comment on the following questions: 

  1. What efforts does your hospice employ to recruit staff, volunteers, and board members from diverse populations to represent and serve underserved populations? How does your hospice attempt to bridge any cultural gaps between your personnel and beneficiaries/clients? How does your hospice measure whether this has an impact on health equity?
  2. How does your hospice currently identify barriers to access in your community or service area? What are barriers to collecting data related to disparities, social determinants of health, and equity? What steps does your hospice take to address these barriers?
  3. How does your hospice collect self-reported data such as race/ethnicity, veteran status, socioeconomic status, housing, food security, access to interpreter services, caregiving status, and marital status used to inform its health equity initiatives?
  4. How is your hospice using qualitative data collection and analysis methods to measure the impact of its health equity initiatives?

 

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