Section 2(d) of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 calls for the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), acting through the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), to conduct a study evaluating the effect of individuals’ socioeconomic status (SES) on quality measures and measures of resource use under the Medicare program. The first component of the required work, a 2016 Report to Congress, focused on socioeconomic information currently available in Medicare data. Following up on ASPE’s first Report to Congress, HHS is interested in:
- How plans and providers serving Medicare beneficiaries identify beneficiaries with social risk factors
- Approaches plans and providers have used to address the needs of beneficiaries with social risk factors
- Evidence regarding the impact of these approaches on quality outcomes and the total cost of care
- Ways in which plans and providers disentangle beneficiaries’ social and medical risks and address each
The comment period for this request closed on November 16, 2018.