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ACNM Policy Update - 1/22/2014

1.  HHS Secretary Sebelius and HRSA Administrator Wakefield to Hold Conference Call with Nursing Community
2.  ACNM Coalition Submits Comments on Proposed Plan Quality Rating System



1.  HHS Secretary Sebelius and HRSA Administrator Wakefield to Hold Conference Call with Nursing Community
 

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that Thursday, January 23, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST a conference call will be held for the nursing community during which HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, Mary Wakefield, will provide an update on implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the role of nurses.  Questions will be entertained during the call and HHS requests that participants dial in no later than 2:25 p.m. EST.   

The dial in number is 1-888-469-2186 and the Participant Passcode: 1296116#  


2.  ACNM Coalition Submits Comments on Proposed Plan Quality Rating System 

On Tuesday, January 21, the Coalition for Quality Maternity Care (CQMC), a group led by ACNM, submitted
comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to a Notice that the agency issued on November 19, 2013.  In this Notice, CMS outlined quality measures that will be included within a developing Quality Rating System (QRS) to be used to rank health plans offered through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces. 

The Affordable Care Act requires Marketplaces to provide consumers with tools for comparing plans to help them make informed decisions regarding which plans they wish to enroll under.  In CMS’ Notice, they list 42 quality measures for use in the QRS.  Only two of them dealt with maternity care.  Maternity care is one of ten mandated benefit categories that must be covered by plans offered through the Marketplace (and many plans operating outside the Marketplace as well).   

The CQMC recommended that CMS include several other quality metrics related to maternity care and suggested that the most important measures for use in the QRS with regard to maternity care included those related to the rate of cesarean sections, the rate of breastfeeding and the occurrence and timeliness of prenatal and postpartum care. 



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