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CMS Announces Collaborative on Improving Maternal Health

For quality & patient safety staff

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Improving Maternal Health by Reducing Low-Risk Cesarean Delivery (LRCD) Learning Collaborative, which will use a webinar series and an affinity group to offer technical assistance to states and their partners in lowering the number of LRCD births, reducing disparities, and improving health equity. 

The learning collaborative will begin with a webinar series demonstrating the potential impact of LRCD on maternal and infant health, describing disparities in the populations who have LRCDs, and outlining the approaches Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies may put in place to reduce the number of LRCD births. CMS invites all interested staff from state Medicaid and CHIP agencies, along with their hospital and maternity care providers, Medicaid and CHIP managed care plans, and other quality improvement partners, to participate in the webinar series beginning in March 2022.  

State Medicaid and CHIP agencies interested in reducing rates of LRCD will have the opportunity to participate in an action-oriented affinity group that will support the design and implementation of an LRCD quality improvement project in their state.