There are more than 700 maternity-related deaths each year in the U.S. Maternal mortality rates have not improved in ten years and the U.S. performs worse on this metric than any other high-resource country.
Through the Maternity Care Action Plan, which aligns with the Biden-Harris Administration’s Maternal Health Blueprint, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking to improve maternity care access and quality, improve health outcomes, and reduce disparities in maternal healthcare.
In June of 2022, the Biden administration released the Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis. The White House describes the effort as a “whole of government” approach to cutting the rates of maternal mortality and morbidity, reducing the disparities in maternal health outcomes, and improving the overall experience during and after pregnancy.
The administration’s plan includes five priorities:
In July of 2022, CMS announced its Maternity Care Action Plan. The goal of the plan is to support the Biden administrations Maternal Health Blueprint. The plan includes measures to support the improvement of maternal health outcomes and the reduction of inequities during pregnancy and the post-partum period. This action plan is intended to improve maternity care for Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees.
The plan also includes policies for the Birthing-Friendly hospital designation. The designation will be available on a CMS website where consumers can access information about how hospitals have demonstrated a commitment to high-quality maternity care by documenting that they have adopted best practices that result in safe, equitable care for pregnant and post-partum women. This designation would allow women and their families to choose hospitals that have made a commitment to providing high-quality maternity care.
Providing evidence-based education to healthcare providers is foundational to preparing for these initiatives. HealthStream’s Child and Maternal Health Portfolio is a comprehensive solution for healthcare leaders who need to ensure that staff are prepared to help the organization meet the requirements of the Maternity Care Action Plan.
This portfolio of maternal specialty care solutions includes:
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