AABC has many opportunities for you to get involved. We are not currently accepting applications for this year because all positions have been filled. The application process will begin again in October, 2016.
This committee is open to all and meets monthly to discuss current birth center legislation around the country, plan birth center advocacy events and help birth centers navigate the world of legislation and regulations. Please apply here. Their 2016 goals are:
- State Birth center regulations – to develop a guideline for regulations with items to include and those to avoid that can be used by members or states writing or revising birth center regulations.
- Develop form letters to send to state Attorneys General regarding the health exchanges and access to birth centers.
- To urge the Department of Defense to revise the Tricare Payment Manual to add more codes for birth center care.
- To continue to expand implementation of Medicaid reimbursement across states and regions, and to increase access for Medicaid beneficiaries with Medicaid MCO plans.
- Improve access to legislative and policy issues on website for members and the general public and encourage members to re-post on their social media sites.
- Explore and research pros and cons of applying to HHS for a HCPCS code for birth center facility services.
- Develop birth center legislation that will improve access to birth center care and increase the sustainability of freestanding birth centers.
- Support current and future legislation introduced by partner organizations when it is congruent with the missions and goals of AABC.
- To advocate for equitable, fair and sustainable reimbursement levels for birth centers in all work with CMS and in legislation.
Industry Relations Committee
This committee is open to all and meets monthly to discuss insurance contracting issues, to advocate for increased inclusion of birth centers into insurance policies and to teach members strategies to achieve higher reimbursement rates in their insurance contracts. Please apply here. Their 2016 goals are:
- Develop a culture of outreach by educating the public and providing awareness of the birth center model of care
- Engage major insurers in a discussion of birth center plan coverage through our newly hired healthcare consultant and collectively reaching out to major employers and unions to cover birth centers
- Develop and Insurer Payer Report Card through a survey of members
Public Relations/Membership Committee
The committee is open to all and meets monthly to work on ways to increase the presence of AABC and birth centers. Please apply here. Their 2016 goals are:
- Increase awareness of birth centers and their services via Facebook postings (themed days and other birth center news)– achieve 6000 likes by 2016
- Create and launch a national birth center news aggregate, housed on AABC website, the covers both the administration and clinical aspects
- Support the formation of at least 3 additional state chapters
- Continue to advocate formation of state and regional chapters in all parts of the US
- Search out institutions, businesses and others entities and encourage membership in AABC
- Advocate for all midwives involved with birth centers to be members of AABC- make the most of Facebook Membership Mondays
This committee is open to all and meets monthly to identify member requests for the yearly Birth Institute, identify topics and speakers and plan convention events. Please apply here. Their 2016 goals are:
- By the end of March they hope to have all of the speakers and vendors identified and invited.
- By May, optional excursions and local entertainment will be planned. At this time registration should also open.
- During the early summer, the Parade of Families will be solidified and travel arrangements for speakers will be finalized and by the
- End of the summer we will be tying up loose ends and preparing for the onsite event.
This committee is open to all and meets monthly to discuss research issues. Please apply here.
This committee is comprised of qualified members and meets on an as needed basis to plan, review and revise the How to Start a Birth Center Workshop and to create additional education opportunities for AABC members. Please apply here. Their 2016 goals are:
- To be responsive to participant’s requests to create a more interactive workshop where participants can do small group and individual work.
- To continue offering Webinar Wednesdays on topics pertinent to member needs.
This committee is comprised of appointed members and is currently meeting on a bi-monthly basis to review and revise the National Standards for Birth Centers. This committee is not accepting applications at this time. Their 2016 goals are:
- In early October, at the Birth Institute there was a meeting with AABC and industry experts for them to comment on the standards.
- The committee will then revise the standards and members will be asked to make further comments and revisions during the month of January 2016.
- There will also be a series of webinars during January/February for members to get informed, make comments and ask questions.
- The committee will meet again in February for more revisions and in
- March the membership will be voting on the final standards electronically.
This committee is comprised of elected members and meets monthly in season to discuss and plan the slate of yearly AABC Board positions that need to be filled.