The Maternal Health Accountability Act would provide grants to states for mandatory reporting of pregnancy-related deaths, establishment of a state maternal mortality review committees, and standardization of data collection. It would also support research on “near miss” cases and eliminating disparities in maternal health outcomes.
This act addresses many of the recommendations put forth in the direction-setting Blueprint for Action, with provisions related to many of the Blueprint’s 11 focal areas, including performance measurement and leveraging of results; payment reform aligning incentives with quality; scope of covered services for maternity care; coordination of maternity care across time, settings, and disciplines; decision-making and consumer choice; and development and use of health information technology.
New legislation introduced in the US 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.