Advancing Equitable Strategies to Address the Health-Related Social Needs of Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries during the Public Health Emergency

July 12, 2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model assesses whether bridging the gap between clinical care and social services can reduce health care utilization and costs for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. In February 2021, CMS hosted its third annual AHC Meeting virtually to convene 28 bridge organizations participating in the AHC Model and key partners, including community service providers, state Medicaid agencies, and advisory board members. The meeting participants collaborated and shared insights to sustain their screening, referral, and navigation strategies to address the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Learn more about their insights in the brief, “Planning for Sustainability and Advancing Health Equity during the Public Health Emergency.”