Eight Democratic members of Congress led by Senator Warren (D-Mass) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del) sent a letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to request information on the use of alternative payment models (APMs) to test innovative ways of delivering maternal healthcare. This letter cites several reports which indicate a maternal mortality crisis in the United States that is exacerbated by significant racial disparities in maternal health outcomes and limited access to maternal care in rural and other underserved areas.
These members of Congress seek answers about what is currently being done to combat rising rates of maternal mortality, benefits of APMs over fee-for-service to address maternal health concerns and how CMMI is working with stakeholders to identify a working solution. The deadline for response is December 6, 2019.
In April 2019 a bipartisan group of members from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to CMS asking what efforts are being taken or could be taken to improve maternal health outcomes.
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