Instead of submitting data on performance measures found in accreditation and certification, Maternal Levels of Care requires a detailed process improvement plan.
Maternal Levels of Care is a third-party review, streamlined to put the focus on risk-appropriate care for moms. This differs from the CDC’s LOCATe Tool, which is intended as a self-assessment tool.
The Maternal Levels of Care Manual has five very direct chapters:
- Participation requirements: You do not have to be accredited by The Joint Commission to participate, but your hospital must be Medicare and Medicaid compliant and perform deliveries.
- Information management: This details how a patient’s information will travel with them in the event of a transfer.
- Delivering/facilitating care: Use evidence-based guidelines to identify risk throughout the patient’s stay, while ensuring that the patient is at the appropriate level of care, coordinating a transfer if needed.
- Performance improvement: Measures to monitor would be maternal morbidity, mortality, and any other factor that feels important to your organization.
- Program management: Knowing your own capabilities and having relationships with hospitals of other levels allows ease of exchange-whether that’s of knowledge or in creating seamless transfers for moms.
Contact information is listed below for how to get your copy of the manual.
One benefit of this verification is that it encourages telehealth communication between the lower levels and Level III and IV facilities — meaning once hospitals with more resources are identified, it will be easier to connect to the care your patient needs, even if a transfer isn’t the best route for them.