Join the CMS Office of Minority Health for the 2022 Virtual CMS Quality Conference


Join the CMS Office of Minority Health for the 2022 Virtual CMS Quality Conference

The virtual CMS Quality Conference will take place April 12-13, 2022.  The theme for the 2022 conference is New Hope, New Health: Charting a Path Forward.  Join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) to discuss health equity! Please find registration information at in order to attend the event. 

Mini Plenary Session

Dr. LaShawn McIver, CMS OMH Director, will address “Leading the Way Toward Our Healthiest Nation: Advancing Health Equity Across CMS Programs and Policies” on Tuesday, April 12th from 11:00 – 12:30 pm ET.  She will speak to the charge at CMS, to advance health equity by addressing the health disparities that underlie our health system and assessing the equity implications of our policy choices and investments.

Health Equity Sessions

CMS OMH will also lead three additional sessions focused on health equity, covering the following topics:

Data and Social Determinants of Health

Session #24: Z Codes for Social Determinants of Health (SDOH): The Important Role of Standardized SDOH Data Collection for Maximizing the Health of People with Medicare

  • Tuesday, April 12 12:45 – 1:45 pm ET
  • Standardized tracking of social determinants of health is critical to ensuring optimal health and wellbeing of all people on Medicare and thus key in working toward health equity.  Z codes for capturing social determinants of health information remain. As a result, CMS OMH has published a Z codes journey map that provides guidance to health care administrators, clinicians and other members of health care teams and coding professionals on best practices for screening for social determinants of health and coding Z codes for social determinants of health.  Join us to learn more about social determinants of health and Z Codes.

Rural Health

Listening Session #32: CMS Rural Health Strategy Listening Session

  • Tuesday, April 12th, 2:45 – 3:45 pm ET
  • Join a listening session to help guide the next steps for rural health in CMS programs. CMS seeks to validate and update the strategy objectives in the current CMS Rural Health Strategy (from 2018) to ensure the content continues to reflect rural stakeholder needs.  This session will be a live moderated conversation where you can provide feedback about how to update the current strategy and discuss what CMS can do to advance health equity in rural and frontier communities, Tribal Nations, and U.S. territories.

Stakeholder Engagement and Individuals with Disabilities

Session #25: The Importance of Stakeholder Engagement when Designing, Policies, Programs, and Resources for Individuals with Disabilities: One Size Does Not Fit All

  • Tuesday, April 12th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET
  • This session will focus on approaches and examples of stakeholder engagement, with a focus on individuals with disabilities.  The session will highlight the need to use a variety of lenses to engage people with disabilities.  Panelists will also provide insight into tactics and approaches that can be used to actively partner with, and learn from members of our communities who have disabilities. 


CMS OMH work will also be presented in these posters:

  • Coverage to Care (C2C): C2C is an initiative to help you understand your health coverage and how to connect to primary and preventative care services. The poster will showcase the updated documents, design, content, and new materials of the C2C Relaunch. 
  • Mapping Medicare Disparities Tool (MMD): The poster will take an in depth look at the MMD tool.

Health Equity Technical Assistance

Stop by our virtual booth to learn more about our offerings of Health Equity Technical Assistance program. This is a great opportunity to spread the word and hear how to reduce disparities among those you serve.  We will explore how your program can identify, track, and act on disparities.  We’ll be on hand to:

  • Answer questions
  • Share our interactive data and web-based tools
  • Talk about community outreach
  • Learn how to make a Disparities Impact Statement
  • Continue health equity work after the conference.

Join the conversation

Follow CMS OMH with our #CMSHealthEquity posts and see live tweets with the conference hashtag, #CMSQualCon22 and follow @CMSGov!

Technical Support

If you have technology questions about how to attend the virtual conference, please find information at the following link:




CMS Office of Minority Health  |  Working to Achieve Health Equity

Paid for by the US Department of Health and Human Services