Use the July 11 CMS memo reminding hospitals of their obligations under the federal EMTALA law as a good opportunity to review policies and to educate doctors, nurses, and other personnel on requirements for caring for emergent patients who are pregnant or experiencing pregnancy loss.
CMS is again reminding hospitals of their obligations under federal law to help pregnant women in medical emergencies, but with the added emphasis that care must be offered “irrespective of any state laws or mandates that apply to specific procedures.”
Even if your facility does not regularly handle labor and delivery, be sure to include the emergency department (ED) in planning and education to address problems such as maternal hemorrhage and severe hypertension/preeclampsia, as required by the still-new maternal health standards.
Too often, Black and Brown women in the United States are afraid of what will happen to them and their child before, during, and after birth, said a panel of women during a recent online roundtable hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The focus on maternal healthcare is intensifying. CMS is exploring using new Conditions of Participation (CoP) and quality measures to push hospitals to improve maternal health outcomes, while The Joint Commission (TJC) is proposing a new advanced certification in perinatal care.
CMS says it wants to expand COVID-19 and other infectious disease reporting requirements beyond the current public health emergency (PHE) as a way to stay prepared for the next pandemic. That proposal, along with a plan to improve maternal mortality, are part of the latest Inpatient Prospective...