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News by Topic: Maternal health and prenatal care

Jan 26, 2023 - Brief summaries of news from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on topics including Medicaid postpartum coverage expansion in Alabama and North Dakota, efforts to lower prescription drug costs, and guidance for Rural Emergency Hospitals.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Jan 24, 2023 - From 2004 to 2014, 9% of rural counties lost all hospital obstetric services. The University of Mississippi Medical Center is providing classroom-style and real-life scenario instruction to emergency responders, nurses, and providers in small rural hospitals to prepare them for emergency situations involving pregnant mothers and their babies.
Source: Denver7
Jan 17, 2023 - Many of Western North Carolina's 153,000 childbearing-aged women must travel long distances for maternity healthcare at the region's 8 hospitals. Lack of access to these services means that rural women often forgo prenatal and delivery care, which can have serious health consequences.
Source: Carolina Public Press
Jan 9, 2023 - Announces that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded the first 200 of 1,000 Medicare-funded physician residency slots to 100 teaching hospitals across 30 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. One hundred twenty-five of the residency slots are allocated for primary care, including obstetrics/gynecology, and 20 slots are allocated for psychiatry.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Jan 5, 2023 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing updates to Guidelines for Screening for Diabetes in Pregnancy and Screening for Type 2 Diabetes after Pregnancy as part of the HRSA-Supported Women's Preventive Services Guidelines. For most non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage, this update will take effect in 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 3, 2023 - Announces that 6 teams of Florida State University researchers and community partners participated in Collaborative Collision for the chance to win funding for projects exploring solutions to challenges facing rural communities. Team projects included identifying resources and barriers that exist for neurodiverse people, strengthening disaster resilience, improving health outcomes in a Florida school, and exploring opportunities for intervention for women experiencing postpartum depression.
Source: Florida State University News
Dec 20, 2022 - Describes workforce challenges faced by Chatham Hospital in North Carolina, which began delivering babies in September 2020 for the first time in 28 years, but has experienced staff turnover of about 80% since then. At least 10 rural North Carolina communities have lost their labor and delivery services since 2013.
Source: The News & Observer
Dec 13, 2022 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted an event, "We Can Do Better: Advancing Maternity Care Together," that brought together representatives from several governmental agencies and health industry experts to discuss ways to improve the health of pregnant and postpartum individuals. The meeting was the first step in the CMS Maternity Care Action plan released earlier this year. Discussion focused on the need for maternity care workforce and the ability for consumers to easily identify health systems focused on improving maternal healthcare.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services