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Webinar Replay: The Importance of Race and Ethnicity in Accounting for Social Risks in Medicare Value-Based Payments

This webinar was held on April 3, 2019. 

Medicare value-based payments are increasingly considering social risk factors such as income and other elements of socioeconomic disadvantage. However, race and ethnicity are often left out of the mix, an approach that can create significant problems for providers attempting to adequately account for financial risks when entering into value-based payment arrangements.

During this webinar, experts from HMA, the National Committee for Quality Assurance and Anka Consulting discussed the importance of race and ethnicity in addressing social risks. Speakers also addressed how payers, providers and accountable care organizations can best mitigate these risks, ensuring that value-based payment arrangements are equitable, sustainable, and best serve patient needs.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand current thinking about accounting for social risks in value-based payment arrangements and why to this point race and ethnicity have been deemphasized.
  2. Learn the key explanatory concepts for why race plays an important role in health disparities and risk, including minority stress, resilience, life course and epigenetics.
  3. Find out how to mitigate risk factors associated with race and ethnicity through flexible payment models and trauma-information approaches to care.


  • Maddy Shea, Principal, HMA Community Strategies
  • Judy Ng, Research Scientist, National Committee for Quality Assurance
  • Kima Taylor, MD, Managing Principal, Anka Consulting, LLC

Who Should Listen

Executives and clinicians from accountable care organizations, hospitals, health systems and health plans; regulators, and others interested in value-based payments and risk adjustment.