Date: February 7, 2024
Advancing health equity, defined as “the attainment of the highest level of health for all people, where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their optimal health,” is a Health and Human Services-wide strategic priority.1 Health equity initiatives can provide an opportunity for health plans to design, implement, and operationalize programs to improve disparities in care and, ultimately, in health outcomes.2
This podcast explores SCAN Health Plan’s (SCAN) health equity approach. A not-for-profit Medicare Advantage health plan, SCAN serves more than 285,000 enrollees across California, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas. It also covers more than 48,400 individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, which include dually eligible special needs plan enrollees. Listen to SCAN’s former Chief Medical Officer – Dr. Romilla Batra – share insights about SCAN’s initiatives to reduce health care disparities and its broader data-driven strategies to advance health equity.
In 2022, Harvard Business Review published an article describing SCAN’s efforts to reduce disparities in medication adherence. Click here to access the article.
- Romilla Batra, MD, MBA, Former Chief Medical Officer, SCAN Health Plan
This resource is intended for leaders and staff of health plans serving individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, including Medicare-Medicaid Plans, Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, and managed long term services and supports programs that are interested in advancing health equity through proven data-driven strategies and best practices.
To explore additional actionable strategies around advancing health equity, we encourage listeners to watch the September 2022 Resources for Integrated Care webinar: “Promising Practices For Promoting Equitable And Culturally Competent Vaccinations For Dually Eligible Beneficiaries.”
1Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2023). Fact Sheet: CMS Strategic Plan, Health Equity. Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/files/document/health-equity-fact-sheet.pdf.
2Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2023). Fact Sheet: CMS Strategic Plan, Health Equity. Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/files/document/health-equity-fact-sheet.pdf.