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AABC Toolkit - COVID-19

AABC Toolkit: COVID-19


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AABC Webinar: Adapting Birth Center Policies as States Reopen

As many states reopen, birth centers are adapting their policies on COVID-19 screening, testing, and safety protocols to keep staff and clients safe. This panel presentation features five birth center leaders across the country, some in COVID-19 hot spots and others in improving areas, sharing what they're changing as their communities open up and how their birth centers have prepared. (presented live 8.5.20)


AABC Webinar: How to Start a Freestanding Birth Center in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

Freestanding birth centers are seeing an increase in interest as pregnant people seek alternatives to delivering in the hospital. The American Association of Birth Centers (AABC), health systems, and national organizations are recommending expanding access to freestanding birth centers for low-risk women in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Join AABC's  How to Start a Birth Center Workshop  faculty, Amy Johnson-Grass, CPM, and Aubre Tompkins, CNM, for this webinar specifically focused on opening a freestanding birth center in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. (presented live 4.20.20)


AABC Webinar: Are You Eligible? Federal Stimulus Funding for Birth Centers

The federal government has enacted stimulus programs to assist small businesses and non-profits during the COVID-19 crisis.  AABC's lobbyist, Patrick Cooney of the Federal Group, will review what aid is available and for whom. Topics include business loan opportunities, paid sick leave, family and medical leave benefits, unemployment benefits, and general overview of what Congress has done to date. (presented live 4.17.20)


    AABC Webinar: Managing COVID-19 in the Birth Center Setting AABC Webinar: COVID-19 in the Birth Center Setting

    The presentation includes panelists from birth centers and the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers.  The webinar specifically focuses on challenges and solutions in providing care including telehealth, practice algorithms and how freestanding birth centers and hospitals can work collaboratively in their communities. (presented live 3.26.20)


    AABC News ReleaseS + Communications


    Birth Center Preparedness


    Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)


    World Health Organization (WHO)


    Birth Place Lab



    • HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) provided flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive beneficiary cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid by federal healthcare programs (3/17/2020). OIG Policy Statement
    • HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced it will waive potential HIPAA penalties for good faith use of telehealth during the COVID-19 emergency (3/17/2020). OCR's Guidance


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