CMS references Joint Commission standards in memo on addressing maternal health
On Dec. 7, Vice President Kamala Harris issued a call to action to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality rates. Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) urged states to extend Medicaid coverage for a full year postpartum and proposed establishing a “Birthing-Friendly” hospital designation that would recognize hospitals that undergo quality improvement efforts regarding maternity care.
CMS also issued a memo on Dec. 7 — “Evidence-based best practices for hospitals in managing obstetric emergencies and other key contributors to maternal health disparities” — that encourages hospitals to “consider implementation of evidence-based best practices for the management of obstetric emergencies, along with interventions to address other key contributors to maternal health disparities, to support the delivery of equitable, high-quality care for all pregnant and postpartum individuals.”
In the resources section of the memo, CMS included The Joint Commission’s Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services standards for maternal safety that went into effect in January 2021. These requirements were designed to improve the quality and safety of care provided to women during all stages of pregnancy and postpartum, particularly related to a hemorrhage emergency or severe hypertension preeclampsia event.
Learn more about the maternal safety standards.