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Adjusting quality measures for social risk factors can promote equity in health care

D.R. Nerenz, J.M. Austin, D. Deutscher, K.E.J.Maddox, E.J. Nuccio, C. Teigland, E. Weinhandl, L.G. Glance
Health Aff

Risk adjustment of quality measures using clinical risk factors is widely accepted; risk adjustment using social risk factors remains controversial. We argue here that social risk adjustment is appropriate and necessary in defined circumstances and that social risk adjustment should be the default option when there are valid empirical arguments for and against adjustment for a given measure. Social risk adjustment is an important way to avoid exacerbating inequity in the health care system.

Nerenz DR, Austin JM, Deutscher D, et al. Adjusting quality measures for social risk factors can promote equity in health care. Health Aff (Millwood). 2021 Apr;40(4):637-644. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2020.01764. PMID: 33819097.

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Medicaid-insured