Federal Legislative Action: Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2011

Title of Legislation

H.R. 894: Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2011


The Maternal Health Accountability Act would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to states for:

  • mandatory reporting to the state department of health by health care providers and other entities of pregnancy-related deaths;
  • establishment of a state maternal mortality review committee on pregnancy-related deaths occurring within such state; 
  • implementation and use of the comprehensive case abstraction form by such committee to preserve the uniformity of the information collected; and 
  • annual public disclosure of committee findings.

It would also direct the Secretary, acting through the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to: 

  • organize a national workshop to identify definitions for severe maternal morbidity and make recommendations for a research plan to identify and monitor such morbidity in the United States; and 
  • develop uniform definitions of severe maternal morbidity, a research plan, and possible data collection protocols to assist states in identifying and monitoring such cases.

Finally, the bill would amends the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary to carry out specified research and demonstration activities to eliminate disparities in maternal health outcomes.

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Filed in Blueprint, Care coordination, Clinical audit, case review, or analysis of adverse events, Disparities, Federal Legislation, Performance measurement, Performance measurement/reporting on Thu., Apr 21, 2011