Note: This blog is an updated version from the July 7, 2022 blog. This updated blog reflects the new behavioral health policies in CMS’ finalized CY 2023 Physician Fee Schedule and Outpatient Prospective Payment System rules.

The CMS Framework for Health Equity depicts how CMS will operationalize efforts to achieve health equity across CMS programs in the next decade.

Excerpt: Since its inception in 1965, Medicare has been leading the way in providing affordable, quality coverage and care, playing a key role in the health and financial security of more than 63 million Americans.

We’ve learned a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic on the ways access to comprehensive health care affects our lives and well-being. The availability of COVID-19 tests, vaccines, and treatments have saved millions of Americans from sickness and death  ̶  because the federal government stepped up to make sure that every person who needs COVID-related care has access to the care they need.