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ACNM Policy Update - 2/19/2016

Federal Issues


1. HHS and Insurance Company Association Announce Alignment of Quality Measures

2. NHSC Accepting Applications for Loan Repayment through April 5

3. Take Advantage of the March 7 ACNM Annual Meeting Early Bird Special!



1. HHS and Insurance Company Association Announce Alignment of Quality Measures

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the trade association for most health insurance companies in the country, have announced an effort, with other stakeholders, to align quality measures reported by clinicians in both public and private payer programs.

It has been recognized that clinicians must currently report multiple quality measures to different entities, sometimes with measure requirements that are not aligned. To address the confusion arising from this situation, CMS, commercial plans, Medicare and Medicaid managed care plans, purchasers, provider organizations and consumers worked through collaboratively to identify core sets of measures that all payers could use.

Among the core sets of measures is one related to obstetric care, including measures related to rates of episiotomy, early elective delivery, cesarean, use of antenatal steroids, and exclusive breastfeeding. A number of primary care measures pertinent to OB/GYN care are also included in the core set.

2. NHSC Accepting Applications for Loan Repayment through April 5

Body: The National Health Service Corps (NHSC), which provides funding for loan repayment to various practitioners who agree to practice in shortage areas, is open for applications through April 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Information on the program as well as application instructions are available here. The program can provide up to $50,000 to repay student loans in return for a two-year commitment. Once an applicant is determined to be qualified for the program, receipt of funding is based on the Health Professionals Shortage Area (HPSA) score associated with the location where the applicant will work. Thus, the higher the HPSA score, the greater the likelihood of funding. You can check the HPSA score associated with prospective employers through HRSA’s website. We know that in 2014 funding was available to those working in an organization with a HPSA score of 16 or higher. The cut-off point will vary by year, based on the scores of the applicants. But the higher the score, the better your chances!

3. Take Advantage of the March 7 ACNM Annual Meeting Early Bird Special!

Registration for ACNM’s 61st Annual Meeting & Exhibition is open and early bird savings on registration are available to those who register by March 7.

Click here to save on your registration.



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