Title of Legislation
This new legislation in the House of Representatives would provide grant funding for states to establish Maternal Mortality Review Committees to examine pregnancy-related deaths and to identify ways to reduce maternal mortality. HR 894, the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2011, would also help to eliminate disparities in health care, risks and outcomes. States receiving grants as a result of the legislation will be asked to: 1) require health professionals and facilities to report all pregnancy-related deaths; 2) investigate and develop case findings and summaries for maternal deaths; 3) establish review committees with ob-gyns, midwives, nurses, social workers, health care facility representatives, members of affected communities, and other relevant stakeholders to recommend prevention strategies; and 4) disseminate findings and recommendations.
Blueprint Area(s) Addressed
- Performance measurement and leveraging of results
- Disparities in access and outcomes of maternity care