NPPC Policy Workgroup submitted comments on CMS’ recently proposed SDOH screening & screen positive rate measures for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting program in the Federal Register

On behalf of the National Produce Prescription Collaborative, we strongly recommend that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) enact both the proposed measures “Screening for Social Drivers of Health” and “Screen Positive Rate for Social Drivers of Health” (p. 28,497-28,506) for the reasons cited by CMS in its proposed rule.

NPPC defines a Produce Prescription (PRx) as a medical treatment or preventative service for patients who are eligible due to a diet-related health risk or condition, food insecurity or other documented challenges in access to nutritious foods, and who are referred by a healthcare provider or health insurance plan. These prescriptions are fulfilled through food retail and enable patients to access healthy produce with no added fats, sugars, or salt, at low or no cost to the patient. When appropriately dosed, Produce Prescription programs are designed to improve healthcare outcomes, optimize medical spending, and increase patient engagement and satisfaction.

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