Leading US Midwifery Organization Applauds Medicaid Commission’s Report to Congress for Highlighting Important Role of Maternity Care Provided by Midwives, Other Health Care Providers
Leading US Midwifery Organization Applauds Medicaid Commission’s Report to Congress
American College of Nurse-Midwives President Calls Upon Congress,
For Immediate Release Contact: Damaris Hay
July 1, 2013 Office: (240) 485-1856
Email: [email protected]
Silver Spring, MD – The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the leading professional organization of midwives in the United States, applauds the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission’s (MACPAC’s) June 2013 report to Congress. The report spotlights the need to improve maternity care for the 46 percent of US babies born under Medicaid, and the role midwives and other primary care providers play in providing the quality care to help fill that need.
The report recognizes that midwives and other primary care providers can help close the health care provider gap created by the decline in practicing obstetricians/gynecologists. The report also highlights the barriers to practice that exist for midwives, including lower Medicaid payments compared to obstetricians/gynecologists in many states, hospital privileges policies, and state scope of practice laws.
“ACNM appreciates the focus the MACPAC has placed on maternity care, including midwife-led care, in its report,” said ACNM President Ginger Breedlove, CNM, PhD, APRN, FACNM. “Midwives are providing essential primary and maternity care services in increasing numbers at a time other practitioners in the field are on the decline. Now is the time for Congress, the Administration and the states to act to improve the quality and access to care moms and babies can expect from Medicaid. If we follow the evidence, we have an opportunity to lower overall costs and improve maternal health outcomes for all women.”
Overall, the report highlights the critical role Medicaid and CHIP play in maternity care with 1.8 million deliveries in 2008 (or 46 percent of total births) at a cost of over $11 billion to states and the federal government. The report underscores the challenges to come with the expansion of the Medicaid program and focuses on critical issues relating to measuring quality of care and access to maternity care providers.
Key highlights from the MACPAC report include:
To learn more about the MACPAC’s findings relating to maternity care and primary care services, read its report at MACPAC June 2013 Report.
For more information, please contact Damaris Hay, Media Relations Specialist at (240) 485-1856 or via e-mail at [email protected].
About the American College of Nurse-Midwives
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. With roots dating to 1929, ACNM sets the standard for excellence in midwifery education and practice in the United States and strengthens the capacity of midwives in developing countries. Our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM reviews research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, and works with organizations, state and federal agencies, and members of Congress to advance the well-being of women and infants through the practice of midwifery.
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