According to new guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services, doctors who “develop and implement an anti-racism strategy” would get incentives from the Biden Administration. Doctors that perform “a clinic-wide evaluation” of their “commitment to anti-racism” can increase their reimbursement rates. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the plan should include a “value statement” and “clinical practice recommendation” and describe the race as “a political and social construct, not a physiological one.”
The agency’s new standards aim to address “systemic racism” as a primary cause of racial disparities in health outcomes. President Joe Biden issued an executive order that established a “whole-of-government equality strategy.” It comes after the Administration of President Joe Biden took attempts to include “anti-racism” into federal policy. “Diversity, equity, and inclusion” was identified as one of Homeland Security’s top two objectives in November before “cyber security.”
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has included “anti-racism” initiatives to grading criteria used to calculate payment rates for qualifying providers. The most excellent potential incentive under the scoring system is 1.79 percent of a doctor’s Medicare payments. The scoring system did reward “improvement activities” that promote “health equity,” giving the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a way to insert ideology into medical pay.
Moreover, Medicare is one of the country’s most expensive social programs. Efforts to reduce the price tag have resulted in bureaucratic bloat and administrative problems. The increased improvement may worsen the regulatory load, particularly for small clinics. Clinics can also increase their reimbursements by using “a Trauma-Informed Care Approach to Clinical Practice,” which aims to “prevent re-traumatizing or provoking prior trauma.”
According to Pope, Medicare has always straddled the border between medical and social policy. The initiative was essential in desegregating Southern hospitals by tying funds to compliance with civil rights laws. The world in 1965 is hugely different from the world in 2021, he continues.