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ACNM Policy Updates


Federal Issues
1. The Maternity Care Provider Shortage Bill Passes the House of Representatives!
2. Summary of Sign-on Letters Joined by ACNM
3. March of Dimes Releases Premature Birth Report Card
4. ACNM Submits Comments to FDA on Infant Formula Nutrition and Labeling
State Issues
1. New York Birth Center Bill Signed into Law
2. Report: Competitive Effects of Scope of Practice Restrictions --
Public Health or Public Harm?
3. Article on Need for Full Practice Authority in North Carolina
4. Resource: The Free Market Case for Full Practice Authority

Federal Issues
1. Summary of Sign-on Letters Joined by ACNM in October
2. Update on ACNM Efforts Regarding the CARA Act
3. Report: Variation in the Rate of Cesarean Sections Across U.S. Hospitals, 2013
4. Diane Rehm Show: What's Behind the Increase in Maternal Deaths in the U.S.?
5. Article: JAMA Viewpoint on Hospital-Affiliated Outpatient Birth Centers
6. Article: The Veterans Health Administration's Proposal for APRN Full Practice Authority

State Issues
1. Tennessee Scope of Practice Task Force Meets Again
2. Report: Implementing Coverage and Payment Initiatives -- Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017
3. State Legislatures Will Convene Soon -- Are You Ready?

  • October 11, 2016
    Federal Issues

    1. New Report: Number of Women in Need of Publicly Funded Family Planning Services Increased by One Million between 2010 and 2014
    2. Update on Veterans Administration Proposed Rule for APRN Practice
    3. Webinar Recording Available: Pregnancy and Oral Health in the ACA Era
State Issues 
1. Ohio Senate Passes Infant Mortality Bill2.  Midwives Can Change the World: A Talk by Lisa Rich, Yale University SNM

  • September 26, 2016
    Federal Issues
    1. Congressional Update from ACNM's Federal Lobbyist, Patrick Cooney
State Issues
1. ACNM Releases New Policy Statement Pertinent to State Legislative Efforts
2. Update on the California Full Practice Authority Bill, AB. 1306

Federal Issues
1. Childbirth Connection Finalizes New Resources for Women and Providers
2. Free Webinar on Oral Health in Pregnancy
3. Health Policy Fellowship Available through NCHS/Academy Health

Federal Issues
1. Pew Stateline Reports on Shortage of Maternity Care Providers and Midwives as an Important Part of the Answer
2. Childbirth Connection Updates its "Choosing a Maternity Care Provider" Tool
3. NWLC Releases Toolkit for Pregnant and Parenting Students
4. FDA Issues Consumer Guidance on Breast Pumps
5. CDC Expands Advisory for People Living or Traveling to South Florida
6. Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Triples between 1999 and 2013, According to CDC
Federal Issues
1. HCPLAN Final White Paper on Episodes of Care Includes Section on Maternity Care
2. CDC Issues Advisory on Zika for Those Living in or Visiting Specific Areas of Miami
3. NWLC Releases Report on Coverage for Women's Health Care since Passage of the ACA
4. KFF Issues Policy Brief on Premiums in the Health Insurance Marketplace
5. AHRQ Chartbook: Health Care Became More Affordable from 2011 to Mid-2015
6. USPSTF Releases Final Research Plan on Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression

State Issues
1.  California: Kaiser Health News Article on Full Practice Bill
Federal Issues
1. Contacting Key Legislators During Midwifery Advocacy Month
2. CMS Releases Hospital Star Rating Summary Data
3. CDC Updates Guidance on Testing Pregnant Women for Zika Virus
4. VA Receives More than 167,000 Public Comments on Proposal to Remove Physician Supervision
Federal Issues
1. CMS Releases Proposed 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
2. New Study Looks at Variation in Cost for Birth in 30 Largest US Cities
3. ACNM Meets with CMS to Discuss Reimbursement of Teaching CNM Services
4. New Documentary Available for Screening -- Why Not Home?
5. HRSA to Hold Virtual Job Fair for those Interested in National Health Service Corps
6. ANA Sponsoring a Thunderclap on the VA's Proposed Rule Impacting APRNs

State Issues
1. New Laws: Hawaii and Missouri
Federal Issues
1. CMS Issues Guidance to States on Family Planning Services
2. ACNM Submits Comments on Proposed Changes to Medicare's Hospital Conditions
of Participation
3. New Supreme Court Ruling Thwarts Laws Against Women's Choice to End

State Issues
1. New Laws: Delaware, Hawaii, Louisiana
Federal Issues
1. ACNM Submits Comments on VA Proposed Regulation Granting APRNs Full
Practice Authority
2. NQF Releases Draft Report on Quality Measures Related to Perinatal and
Reproductive Care
3. KFF Releases Analysis of Marketplace Insurance Rates for 2017
4. AHRQ Report on Hospital Costs Shows Maternity Care as Cost Leader
5. NQF Releases Another in its Series of Basic Policy Videos
6. USPSTF Releases Recommendation Statement on Screening for Syphilis

State Issues
1. New Laws: CO, DE, LA, NH
Federal Issues
1.  In Which State is it Best to be a Midwife? Get your Customized Answer Here!
2. VA Proposes Full Practice Authority for APRNs
3. ACNM Issue Brief on May 5, 2016 Medicaid Managed Care Final Regulation
4. FDA Modifies Requirements for Prescribing Mifeprex
Federal Issues
1. AWHONN Releases Position Statement on Midwifery
2. Supreme Court Refuses to Rule in Case Involving Contraceptive Coverage
3. HCPLAN to Host Webinar on Maternity Care Episode Payment White Paper
4. NQF Releases Brief Video on Evolving Medicare Physician Payment Methodologies
5. AHRQ Releases 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report and 5th Anniversary Update on the National Quality Strategy

State Issues
1. Kansas: New Law Places Aspects of CNM Practice under the Board of Healing Arts
2. Maryland: New Law Authorizes CNMs to Prescribe Medical Cannabis
3. New Laws: HI, MD, MS
Federal Issues
1. CMS Issues Guidance Requiring Medicaid Managed Care Plans to Include Birth Centers in their Provider Networks
2. CMS Releases Data on Individual Practitioner Billing under Medicare

State Issues
1. Celebrating with Maine: New Law Licenses both Certified Midwives (CMs)
and Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs)!
2. New Laws: MD, TN
Federal Issues
1. HCPLAN Releases Draft White Paper on Episode-Based Payment for Maternity Care
2. AHRQ Releases 2014 Chartbook on Women's Healthcare
3. USPSTF Releases Draft Recommendations on Interventions to Support Breastfeeding
4. CMS Releases Final Medicaid Managed Care Regulation
5. CMQCC Releases Toolkit to Support Vaginal Birth and Reduce Primary Cesareans

State Issues
1. ACOG Releases New Statement on the US MERA Bridge Certificate
2. New Laws: HI, MS, VA
3. California Health Insurance Marketplace Takes Significant Steps to Reduce Rate of Cesarean Birth
Federal Issues
1.  Supreme Court Moves Closer to Compromise on Coverage of Contraception
2.  AHRQ Releases Chartbook on Healthcare for Blacks
3.  HRSA Opens up for NHSC New Site Applications
4.  CMS Provides Information to States to Facilitate Coverage of LARC
5.  Midwife Attended Births in Every State, 1990 - 2014

State Issues
1.  New State Laws – ID, AL
2.  Reminder about ACNM State Policy Reporting
State Issues
1.Victory for WV CNMs – Passage of HB 4334 in March 2016!
2.An Important Step Forward -- Florida CNMs Gain Ability to Prescribe Controlled Substances!
3.Celebrating Virginia’s Step toward Full Practice Authority
4.Reminder about ACNM State Policy Reporting
5. New Laws: FL, ID, IN, NY, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, WA, WV, WY
Federal Issues
1. Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act Reintroduced in the House
2. KFF Releases Issue Brief on ACA Marketplace Enrollment
3. NQF Provides Introduction to Quality and Federal Policy
4. HHS Announces Tying 30 Percent of Medicare Payments to Quality
5. Don’t Forget to Register for ACNM’s 61stAnnual Meeting and Exhibition

State Issues
2.New Laws: NM, VA, WV, WY
1. Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act Reintroduced in the House
1.A Note on State Policy Tracking
Federal Issues
1.CMS Releases 2017 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for Health Insurance Marketplaces
2.NHSC Scholarship Program Accepting Applications through April 28
3.Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Releases Chartbook on Health Care for Blacks
4.KFF Releases Issue Brief on Contraceptive Coverage Case Before the Supreme Court
5.Participate in ACNM’s Benchmarking Project!
6.Take Advantage of the March 7 ACNM Annual Meeting Early Bird Special!
Federal Issues
1.  HHS and Insurance Company Association Announce Alignment of Quality Measures
2.  NHSC Accepting Applications for Loan Repayment through April 5
3,  Take Advantage of the March 7 ACNM Annual Meeting Early Bird Special!

Federal Issues
1.  Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Reaches Nearly 13 Million
2.  KFF Releases Fact Sheet on 2014 Insurance Coverage for Women
3.  CDC Publishes Study of Antidepressant Claims Among Women of Reproductive Age
4.  CDC Publishes Report on Breastfeeding Support for Adolescent Mothers
5.  USPSTF Releases Recommendations on Breast Cancer Screening

Federal Issues
1. ACNM Submits Comments on Draft 2017 Letter to Issuers
2. Recording of CMS Maternal Health Quality Panel Discussion Available
3. Childbirth Connection and Choices in Childbirth Release Materials on Medicaid Coverage for Doulas
4. KFF Releases Infographic on Increases in Employer Sponsored Insurance Premiums
5. Vote for Home Birth!


Federal Issue
1.  ACNM President Ginger Breedlove Testifies on Capitol Hill
2.  Are You Aware of an Innovative Payment Model for Maternity Services?
3.  ACNM to Host Webinar on Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - The Basis of How You Get Paid
4.  ACNM to Host Webinar on Midwifery's Place in the Maternity Care Workforce
5.  Institute for Patient Access Releases a Policy Brief on "The Value of Human Milk Diets for Premature Infants"
6.  Participate in ACNM's Member Get a Member Drive - Win a Free Membership Renewal
Federal Issues
1. Increasing Membership to Strengthen Advocacy
2. CMS Releases National Health Spending Figures
3. HRSA Publishes Calendar of Application Dates for Workforce Development Programs
4. USPSTF Report on High-Priority Evidence Gaps for Clinical Preventive Services Highlights Women’s Health Issues
5. AHRQ Publishes List of Tools to Address Disparities in Women’s Health

Federal Issues
1. Increasing Membership to Strengthen Advocacy
2. NAIC Advances Model Law on Provider Network Adequacy
3. CMS Publishes Final Rule Requiring Medicaid Programs to Assure Access to Covered Services with Adequate Payment
4. Urban Institute and March of Dimes Issue Report on Coverage for Women of Childbearing Years
5. HHS Piloting a Provider Lookup Tool in Health Insurance Exchange
6. HRSA Posts Recording of Webinar on National Health Service Corps
7. CMS Posts Recording of 10/29 Webinar on Contraceptive Measures
8. Medicare Physician Fee Schedule to See Small Cut in 2016
9. AHRQ Publishes Chartbook on Women’s Healthcare
10. HHS Publishes Updated FAQ, Including Several on Coverage for Lactation Consultation
11. ACNM Federal Lobbyist, Patrick Cooney, Recognized by Association of Government Relations Professionals
Federal Issues
1. Increasing Membership to Strengthen Advocacy
2. FTC Issues Guidance on State Supervision of Regulatory Boards
3. HRSA to Hold 10/27 Webinar on Career Development and Leadership Opportunities in Primary Care
4. Data Available on Price Variation for Women’s Services in Major Metropolitan Areas
5. KFF Releases Report on Medicaid Budgets
6. KFF Asks Experts Whether ACOs are Successful – Answers are Mixed
7. USPSTF to Research Menopausal Hormone Therapy for Prevention of Chronic Conditions
8. AHRQ Opens up Medical Office Survey to Any Interested Practices
Federal Issues
1. Court Case on Coverage of Contraception May Compel Further Supreme Court Action
2. HRSA to Host National Health Service Corps Virtual Job Fair
3. KFF Launches Tracker for Coverage of Preventive Services
4. KFF Publishes Fact Sheet on HPV Vaccination
5. Federal Bill to Address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Advances
6. RWJF Announces Availability of Grants for Studies of Culture of Health
State Issues
1. State Developments: New Laws – DC
2. State Developments: Introductions and Progress - CA

    1.  Support the ACNM Thunderclap!
    2.  KFF Creates Medicaid Managed Care Market Tracker
    3.  CMS Announces Mixed Results for ACOs
    4.  Joint Commission Announces First Hospital to Earn Perinatal Care Certification Status
    5.  USPSTF Takes Step Toward Recommending Screening for Depression in Adults, Including Pregnant and Postpartum Women
    6.  CMQCC Announces Webinar on Preeclampsia Toolkit

    State Issues
    1. Rhode Island Certified Midwife Bill Signed into Law!
    2. Introductions and Progress: DE, IL, MI, NJ, OH
    3. New Laws: HI, ME, RI
    4. Oregon Passes Bill to Provide OTC Access to Contraceptives
    5. Congratulation to Sandy Elliott: Winner of the ACNM Public Policy Award
    Federal Issues
    1. CMS Proposes Significant Change to Incident To Billing Requirements
    2. Administration Releases Final Rule on Coverage for Contraceptives
    3. ACNM Comments on Network Adequacy Requirements in Medicaid Managed Care Proposed Regulation
    4. Follow-Up on Lobby Day Contacts
    5. Students - Here’s How to Maximize the Chance of Receiving Funding Under the NHSC
    State Issues
    1. Colorado Law Reduces Requirements for Prescriptive Authority
    2. New Delaware CM-CPM Law
    3. State Developments: Introductions and Progress - DC, FL, IL, RI
    4. State Developments: New Laws! - CT, OR, TX
    5. State Developments: Administrative Rules - VA, WA
    Federal Issues
    1. KFF Releases Interactive Tool Showing Medicaid Delivery System and Payment Reforms
    2. CDC releases Preliminary 2014 Births Data
    3. Premier Hospital Alliance Posts Recording of Webinar on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
    State Issues
    1. California Full Practice Bill Passes the Assembly!
    2. Rhode Island Certified Midwife Bill Passes the Senate!
    3. Selected State Developments – Introductions and Progress – IL, NY, OH, OR, TX
    4.  Selected State Developments – New Laws – CT, FL, GA, TX
    Federal Issues
    1.  Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Holds Hearing on Legislation that Will Remove Physician Supervision for APRNs in VA Facilities
    2.  Joint Commission Posts Recordings of Webinars on Perinatal Care
    State Issues
    1. Full Practice Authority Bill Introduced in Ohio
    2. Florida Announces Special Legislative Session
    3. Selected State Developments – Introductions and Progress - IL, LA, MS, OH, TN, TX
    4. Selected State Developments – New Laws - CT
    Federal Issues
    1. NWLC Releases Report on Coverage of Breastfeeding Equipment, Support and Counseling
    2. “Women’s Health Issues” Publishes Commentary Calling for Expanded Access to Midwifery
    3. Joint Commission Releases Recording and Slides for Webinar on Perinatal Care Certification Program
    4. CDC Report Examines Maternal Morbidity Associated with Cesarean Birth
    5. Commonwealth Fund Health Insurance Survey Examines Issue of Underinsurnace
    6. KFF Releases Study of Consumer Experience with Non-Group Health Plans
    7. CMS to Host Virtual Office Hour Discussion of Physician Compare (which includes a few CNMs)
    State Issues
    1. Selected State Developments – Introductions and Progress - AL, DE, HI, OH, TN
    2. Selected State Developments – New Laws - IN, KY, MD, NE, OR
    Federal Issues
    1. Where is the Best Place to be a Midwife?
    2. CMS Releases Guidance on Coverage of Contraceptive Items and Services
    3. Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Report on "Medicaid at 50"
    State Issues
    1.  Selected State Updates -- Progress - AK, AR, CO, DE, HI, IL, ME, MD, TX
    2.  Selected State Updates -- New Laws - IN, MD, NE, NM, ND, WA
    Federal Issues
    1.  ACNM Provides Issue Brief on Revisions to Medicare Physician Payments
    2.  Sound Off on New Proposed 5-year Strategic Plan
    3.  AHRQ Publication Highlights Innovative Approaches to Improving Birth Outcomes
    4.  Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Report on Contraceptive Coverage under the ACA
    5.  What Medicaid Pays for Global Fee for Vaginal Birth in Each State
    6.  CABC Map of All Accredited Birth Centers
    7.  ANA Seeks Input on Meaningful Use to Inform Regulatory Comments
    8.  Joint Commission Webinar on Perinatal Care Certification
    9.  Premier to Hold Webinars on Maternal Care Topics
    10.  CMQCC Announces Webinar on Obstetric Hemorrhage Toolkit
    State Issues
    1.  Selected State Developments – Introductions and Progress - DE, GA, MD, NE, WV
    2.  Selected State Developments – New Laws - AR, CO, ND, UT, VA
    Federal Issues
    1.  Joint Commission to Hold 4/28 Webinar on New Perinatal Care Certification Program
    2.  HHS Releases Summary of March 25 Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network Kickoff Meeting
    State Issues
    1.  California Debuts New Website Devoted to Full Practice Authority Advocacy
    2.  North Carolina Introduces Full Practice Bill
    3.  Delaware CM-CPM Bill Introduced
    4.  Media Coverage of Florida’s Full Practice Authority Bill
    5.  Selected State Updates – Introductions and Progress - AR, CO, HI, MD, OR
    6.  Selected State Updates – New Laws - KY
    Federal Issues
    1.  Supreme Court Victory for Pregnant Employees
    2.  So, How Many CNMs Get Help from the NHSC?  More to the Point, How Much Cash is Involved?
    3.  HRSA Clarifies that DNP/DNPH CNM Students Can Participate in the NHSC
    4.  ACNM Submits Two Advocacy Letters to CMS
    State Issues
    1.  Midwifery Bills in the News – A Round Up of Selected Articles
    2.  Selected State Developments – Introduction and Progress - AR, FL, IL, ME, MD, NV, NH, NY, OH, RI, SC, UT, WV
    3.  Selected State Developments – New Laws - KY, SD, VA
    Federal Issues
    1.  Legislation Introduced to Increase Primary Care Payments Under Medicaid
    2.  National Health Service Corps to Hold Conference Call on Scholarship Application Program
    3. HRSA Releases Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Fact Sheet and State-by-State Data
    4.  HRSA Opens 2014 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program
    State Issues
    1.  Generating More Midwifery Power!!
    2.  Duke Study shows Advanced Practice Nurses Offer Affordable Solution to Physician Shortage
    3.  Michigan APRN Bill Receives Senate Hearing  -- With Supportive Testimony Offered by an OB-GYN! 
    4.  Colorado Introduces Bill to Amend Transition to Practice Requirements
    5.  Nebraska Approves Full Practice Authority Measure for NPs
    6.  Other Selected State Developments – Introductions and Progress:  CO, IN, KY, ME, MD, MO, OH, SD, TX, WV
    Federal Issues
    1.  ACNM, ACOG, SMFM Clarify Content of Recent Consensus Statement on Levels of Maternal Care
    2.  ACNM Web Page on Maternity Shortage Area Legislation Now Available
    3.  Two Pieces of Federal Legislation Expand APRN Roles in Medicare and the VA
    4.  National Health Service Corps Releases 2015 Application and Program Guidance for Scholarship Program
    5.  Students -- You Can Get Involved in ACNM's Government Affairs Committee and Midwives-PAC
    State Issues
    1.  California Full Practice Authority (CNM-Only) Bill Introduced! 
    2.  Pennsylvania Medical Society Video: “Opposing Independent Practice for Non-Physician Providers”
    3.  Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners Withdraws Restrictive Rules Proposal
    4.  South Carolina APRN Bill Media Coverage (With Poll!)
    5.  A Complicated Dance -- West Virginia Introduces, Defends, and then Opposes APRN Compromise Bill
    6.  Other Selected State Developments:  AK, CO, GA, MO, MT, OH, VA, WA, WV
    Federal Issues
    1.  Legislation to Identify Maternity Provider Shortage Areas Introduced in House and Senate
    2.  Supreme Court Decision with Implications for APRN Regulation
    3.  Leapfrog Group Releases Report on Hospital Maternity Care Performance in 2014.
    4.  CMS Issues Final Regulation and Letter to Issuers for Health Insurance Marketplace Plans
    5.  CMS to Hold March 25 Webinar on Perinatal Payment Strategies
    6.  NHSC Site Application Process Open
    7.  Choose ACNM's Next President:  Elections Closing this Sunday
    State Issues
    1.  Kansas Introduces CNM-Only Bill for Full Practice Authority
    2.  Rhode Island Bill Would Grant Prescriptive Authority to Certified Midwives
    3.  Tennessee Full Practice Authority Bill and Countermeasure Introduced
    4.  South Carolina Full Practice Authority Bill Receives Subcommittee Hearing
    5.  Multiple Provider Non-Discrimination Bills Under Consideration
    6.  Other Selected State Updates
    Federal Issues
    1.  ACNM Submits Comments to FTC on Plan Network Adequacy
    2.  ACNM Leads Joint Letter to GAO Regarding Failure to Appoint Representative of Pregnant Women to MACPAC

    State Issues
    1.  New RAND Study:  "The Impact of Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners and Other Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Ohio"
    2.  Oregon Introduces Clinical Privileges Bill
    3.  Kansas Full Practice Authority Bill Heard in Senate Committee
    4.  Multiple Full Practice Authority Bills Introduced
    5.  And Multiple Responses from the Medical Community to Full Practice Bills....
    6.  Selected State Developments - Midwifery Bills of Possible Interest in Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana and Virginia
    7.  Selected State Developments - NP Bill of Possible Interest in Arkansas
    Federal Issues
    1.  ACNM Joins Amicus Brief in King v. Burwell
    State Issues
    1.  Full Practice Authority Bill Introduced in Kansas
    2.  Other State Legislative Developments
    Federal Issues
    1.  ACOG/SMFM Release Consensus Care Statement on Levels of Maternal Care
    2.  HRSA Opens National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Application Cycle
    3.  HRSA Announces Technical Assistance Calls for Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

    State Issues
    1.  Drum Roll, Please...... Announcing ACNM's New Legislative and Regulatory Tracking Sites!
    2.  New Report on Home Birth in Utah
    3.  Selected Bills of Interest
    4.  NP Bills of Possible Interest
    Federal Issues
    1.  ACNM Federal and State Policy Agendas for 2015-2016
    2.  2014 Advocacy Report Card
    3.  CDC Releases 2013 Final Data on Births
    4.  ACNM Submits Comments on Network Adequacy to CMS and the NAIC
    5.  HRSA Opens up 2015 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle

    Federal Issues
    1.  ACNM Submits Comments to CMS on Network Adequacy Requirements
    2.  ACNM Affiliates Contacting State Insurance Commissioners Re: Provider Network Adequacy
    3.  Percent of Births Attended by Midwives in Each State:  1990-2013.  What Do You Think is Going On?
    State Issues
    1.  It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Convening of State Legislatures!
    2.  South Carolina Pre-Files Bill to Remove Physician Supervision!
    3.  Other Selected Pre-Files and Introductions:  California, Kentucky, Missouri, New York
    4.  New Laws in Ohio



    1.  ACNM Issue Brief Summarizes Key Provisions of CY 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
    2.  ACNM Issue Brief on Final Regulation Modifying Physician Certification Requirement
    3.  FDA Releases Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Rule
    4.  CMS Releases Proposed Rule on Health Insurance Marketplaces
    5.  ACNM Releases Updated State Fact Sheets
    6.  Health Insurance Marketplaces Experiencing Strong Open Season
    7.  CDC Releases 2013 Birth Data Tables
    8.  Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act Sent to President Obama
    9.  Don't Forget to Forward this Note to CNMs/CMs who are not ACNM Members

    1.  ACNM Analysis of Election Results - The State Picture
    2.  ACNM Analysis of Election Results - The National Picture
    3.  Supreme Court to Hear Another Challenge to ACA
    4.  Annual March of Dimes Report on Preterm Birth Helpful for Midwifery Advocacy
    5.  White House Invites Providers to Participate in Call with First Lady
    6.  Don't Forget to Forward this Note to CNMs/CMs who are not ACNM Members

    1.  CMS Responds to ACNM Comments and Modifies Physician Certification Requirements
    2.  CMS Releases Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
    3.  ACNM Submits Comments to NAIC on Network Adequacy Model Act
    4.  ACNM Issue Brief on "Transition to Practice" Available
    5.  KFF Reports on State Plans to Continue Increased Primary Care Payments under Medicaid
    6.  ACNM Invited to White House Event
    7.  Don't Forget to Forward this Note to CNMs/CMs Who are not ACNM Members
    1.  ACNM Submits Comments in Response to Proposed Rule on Coverage for Contraception
    2.  ACNM-Led Coalition Submits Comments on The Joint Commission's Proposed Perinatal Care Certification Standards
    3.  ACNM Issue Brief on Supreme Court Case:  North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners vs. FTC
    4.  Medscape Publishes Rating of Insurers:  Which Ones are the Best to Work With?
    5.  Open Enrollment and the Marketplace:  Significant Issues to Consider
    6.  Pregnancy and Options for Coverage:  A Resource for Your Clients
    7.  North Carolina Affiliate President Wins Advocacy Award
    8.  So, How Do You Get Paid?  ACNM Webinar on Fee Schedule
    Federal Issues
    1.  ACNM Survey Looks at Marketplace Coverage for Midwifery Service
    2.  ACNM Resource Helps Identify which State is the Best Place to be a Midwife
    3.  National Governors Association Recommends Easing Restrictions on PAs
    4.  Be Sure to Share this Update with CNMs/CMs Who are Not Yet ACNM Members
    State Issues
    1.  Proposed Collaborative Requirement Rules in Louisiana
    2.  Change in Payments for Early Elective Delivery in Montana

    1.  HHS Publishes Regulations Responding to Supreme Court Decisions Related to Coverage of Contraception
    2.  CMS Accepts Comments by ACNM-Led Coalition and Incorporates them into FY 2015 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Regulation
    3.  ACNM Submits Comments in Response to Proposal to Modify Physician Certification Requirement
    4.  ACNM Submits Comments in Response to CY 2015 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
    5.  NQF Maternity Action Team Releases "Playbook" to Help Hospitals Reduce Early Elective Deliver Rate
    6.  DEA Publishes Regulation Modifying Scheduling for Hydrocodone Combination Products
    7.  CMS Actuaries Project Growth in Health Care Spending
    8.  Study Shows Hospitals Benefit from Medicaid Expansion
    9.  CMS Formalizes Implementation Date for Transition to ICD-10
    10.  Forward this ACNM Policy Update to CNMs/CMs who are NOT ACNM Members!

    1.  CMS Proposes Significant Change to Physician Certification Requirement
    2.  NQF Webinar to Announce Release of "Playbook" to Help Reduce Early Elective Deliveries
    3.  Proposed Legislation Includes CNMs Among Providers to Receive Increased Medicaid Primary Care Payments
    4.  ACNM Joins Amicus Brief Filed in Relation to Significant Supreme Court Case
    5.  Massachusetts CNMs Gain Full Practice Authority
    6.  AHRQ Publicizes Innovative Approaches to Increasing Breastfeeding
    1. August is Midwifery Advocacy Month!
    2. ACNM Update on Recent Supreme Court Decision Impacting Coverage of Contraception
    3. Recording of Joint ACNM/CMS Webinar on Efforts to Improve Maternal/Infant Health Now Available
    4. ACNM's State Government Affairs Team to Expand

    • July 24, 2014
    • 1. ACNM and CMS to Hold Webinar on Outcome of Maternal/Child Health Expert Panel
      2. CMS Publishes Proposed CY 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
      3. EEOC Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination
      4. AHRQ Issues Evidence Report on Antidepressant Treatment During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

    • June 30, 2014
    1. ACNM-Led Coalition Submits Comments on Proposed FY 2015 IPPS Regulation
    2. Supreme Court Rules on Case Involving Requirement that Employer Plans Cover Contraception
    3. Veterans Administration Responds to ACNM letter
    4. HRSA Revises Health Professionals Shortage Areas
    5. Recording of ACNM/NWLC Webinar on Breastfeeding and Contraception Coverage Now Available

    1. ACNM Submits Comments on Provider Non-Discrimination
    2. ACNM and National Women's Law Center to Host Webinar on Contraceptive and Breastfeeding Coverage Under the ACA
    3. Does Medicaid Reimburse Your for Vaccinations for Pregnant Women?
    4. FDA Finalizes Regulation Implementing Good Manufacturing Practices for Infant Formula Manufacturers

    1. CMS Releases FY 2015 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Regulation
    2. CMS Releases New Payment Methodology for Federally Qualified Health Centers
    3. CMS Releases Revisions to Regulations to Reduce Complexity and Burden
    4. CMS Releases Final Regulation on Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

    • May 23, 2014
    • 1. Congratulations to Minnesota! APRN Bill Signed Into Law!
      2. Selected State Policy Developments from Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina

    • April 28, 2014
    1. How has the Physician Certification Requirement Affected You?
    2. Having Fun with GAC and PAC
    3. HRSA Announces Funding Opportunity for Project to Improve Maternal Health and Safety

    1. ACNM Submits Comments to Federal Trade Commission Regarding Competition in Health Care
    2. Celebrating a Momentous Step in North Carolina
    3. Selected State Legislative Developments from Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Rhode Island

    1. AHA Suit against CMS Includes Complaint about Physician Certification
    2. FTC Report Sparks Questinos about Likelihood of Antitrust Action
    3. National Health Service Corps Opens Application for Site Approvals
    4. NQF Maternity Action Team to Host Public Webinar on Reducing Early Elective Deliveries
    1. ACNM Clarifies Position on Licensure and Regulation of Midwives
    2. Support Legislation Designating Maternity Shortage Areas!
    3. Open Enrollment is Over -- But Special Enrollment Periods Still Apply to Many
    4. Update on Kansas APRN Independent Practice Bill
    5. Selected State Legislative Developments from South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia

    1. Providers May be Left Unpaid if Marketplace Enrollees Don't Pay Premiums
    2. CMS to Release Provider Payment Data
    3. Update on North Carolina's Efforts for Practice Autonomy
    4. South Carolina Battles to Protect Birth Centers
    5. Selected State Legislative Developments from Iowa, Missouri, West Virginia

    1. CQMC Submits Comments on Joint Commission Perinatal Care Certification Program
    2. Selected State Legislative Developments from Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Washington

    1. CMS Releases Final 2014 Letter to Issuers and Request for Information Regarding Provider Non-Discrimination
    2. Selected State Legislative Developments from Hawaii, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia

    1. FTC Issues Policy Paper Endorsing APRN Independence
    2. Supreme Court to Hear Precedent-Setting Case with Implications for Midwifery Advocacy
    3. Oral Arguments in Hobby Lobby Case to Begin Soon
    4. New Tool from the Guttmacher Institute

    1. ACNM Submits Comments on Marketplace "Letter to Issuers"
    2. Help Needed to Survey Health Plans Regarding Coverage of Midwifery Services

    1. Notable State Developments, Kentucky, Hawaii, Ohio, Florida
    2. Other State Developments, Colordo, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota, Virginia

    1. ACNM Advocacy on VHA Yields Results
    2. CMS Provides Guidance on Enrollment Policies Allowing Changes of Coverage
    3. Joint Commission Releases Proposed Perinatal Care Certification Program
    4. Kaiser Family Foundation Webinar on Women's Health Under the ACA

    1. Recent State Legislative Developments, Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota
    2. Maryland Proposed Rule Eliminates Requirement for Collaborative Plan
    3. State Legislative and Regulatory Tracking System
    4. Lab Regulations to Require Direct Patient Access to Test Results

    1. ACNM and Other Nursing Groups Send Letter to CMS Regarding Requirement for Physician Certification
    2. Physician Documentation of Face-to-Face Meeting Prior to DME Order - Does it Apply to Midwives?

    1. HHS Secretary Sebelius and HRSA Administrator Wakefield to Hold Conference Call with Nursing Community
    2. ACNM Coalition Submits Comments on Proposed Plan Quality Rating System

    1. CMS to Hold 1/16 Conference Call for Healthcare Providers
    2. HRSA to Hold Call on Nurse Loan Repayment

    1. ACNM Led Coalition Submits Recommendations on Maternity Care to MACPAC
    2. Incidet-To Billing and the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

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