President Approves Legislation Aimed at Reducing Maternal Mortality

Posted on January 02, 2019

Note: This article was updated after the legislation was signed into law. In addition, the deadline for submitting AIM data to the MHA Keystone Data System has been extended from Dec. 31 to Jan. 31.  

President Donald Trump on Dec. 21 signed into law federal legislation aimed at reducing maternal deaths during pregnancy and delivery. The measure, which was supported by the American Hospital Association and is officially known as the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, won approval in both the House and Senate the week of Dec. 10. The legislation directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make grants available to states to help standardize the collection of maternal mortality data and better determine the factors contributing to the problem and identify solutions.

Currently in Michigan, work that began with the MHA Keystone: Obstetrics collaborative to support and guide Michigan hospitals in improving maternal and infant health outcomes is continuing through the Michigan Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (MI AIM). Through the implementation of the AIM Obstetric Hemorrhage and Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy safety bundles, MI AIM is working with hospitals to improve the maternal standard of care for all Michigan moms by helping equip hospitals with actionable protocols, necessary equipment and staff education and training to prevent and adequately treat severe maternal events.

In addition to serving as a partner organization in MI AIM, the MHA Keystone Center supports the effort by collecting data through the MHA Keystone Data System. There are currently 42 Michigan hospitals actively engaged in the initiative, all of which qualify for MI AIM’s recently launched designation program. The designation program is designed to garner support, increase engagement and showcase successes via three designation levels (gold, silver and bronze) based on specific, data-based criteria. All birthing hospitals that submit AIM data to the MHA Keystone Data System by Jan. 31, 2019, are eligible for recognition of their MI AIM Designation at the 2019 Mother Infant Health Summit March 12-13, 2019, in Lansing.

Members with questions about their data submissions should contact for more information. Hospitals that would like to participate with MI AIM or learn more about the effort can visit MI AIM’s website or contact for more information.

Tags: Birthing Hospitals, MI AIM, maternal, morbidity, Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health

Posted in: Issues in Healthcare, Patient Safety & Quality

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