CMS will refocus and redouble its efforts on health equity and whole-person health outcomes as the Biden administration evaluates ongoing and potential programs and initiatives, CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure said during an Aug. 12 webcast.
Brooks-LaSure, who was confirmed to the post on May 25, spoke during the webcast sponsored by Health Affairs about the overarching goals and principles that CMS will follow under her leadership. Health equity forms the bedrock, she said.
“Last year at the start of this pandemic, I think the world got a lesson on the holes in our health care system and what that means when we are not providing equal care across the country,” Brooks-LaSure said. “We cannot be in this position again. And so the first question that we are asking ourselves as a team is, does our policy, does our operation advance health equity? Changing that lens and focus is very much changing how we approach our program.”