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AABC News Brief - OCT 18 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Kate Bauer

3 things you need to know

1. Tell the Institute for Medicaid Innovation About Your Midwifery-led Model of Care

2. New York Advances Rules for Midwifery Birth Centers

3. Get Ready to Advocate for the BABIES Act!

 

1. Tell the Institute for Medicaid Innovation About Your Midwifery-led Model of Care

Request for Information: Maternal Models of Care in Medicaid
Due October 30th

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation is asking health plans and associated providers or other organizations to identify and describe current examples of innovative initiatives and promising best practices utilizing midwifery-led models of care, both in-hospital and freestanding birth centers, and home visiting programs that include doulas and/or community health workers, in the Medicaid population across the U.S.

The information submitted will be highlighted in an upcoming toolkit for state Medicaid agencies and Medicaid managed care organizations to support their efforts in providing access and coverage to evidence-based maternal models of care. Those who submit information will have an opportunity to review and approve the content highlighting their initiative.

Learn more about the institute for Medicaid Innovation's RFI: Maternal Models of Care in Medicaid>>

 

2. New York Advances Rules for Midwifery Birth Centers

In New York, the new Midwifery Birth Center regulations were adopted the Public Health and Health Planning Council last week.  They will now be moved to final adoption.

This comes after years of work by multiple stakeholders, including AABC and the AABC New York Chapter, first for the regulations to be drafted and then to build consensus and come to agreement on contentious areas of the draft regulations. 

The NYS Midwifery Birth Center regulations will permit midwives to own birth centers and will not require a medical director or certificate of need (CON).

 

3. Get Ready to Advocate for the BABIES Act!

The BABIES Act is poised to be introduced with bipartisan co-sponsorship by Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA).  With all the turmoil happening in Washington, this has taken longer than we expected. However, our co-sponsors are optimistic that our bill could be introduced next week.

The BABIES Act would establish demonstration model Birth and Health Centers in 6 states for women in areas with limited access to care. This model of care has been shown in the Strong Start Initiative to reduce preterm and low birth weight births, reduce cesarean births, and lead to significant cost savings due to better outcomes.

Learn how you can advocate for the BABIES Act>>

Comments...

Moira Tannenbaum (Tannenbaum) says...
Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2019
I am really delighted to hear about #2. Congratulations, New York! And I am busy spreading the word about #1, asking for birth centers to submit info by October 30.

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