This bill would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to study issues pertaining to high-quality, risk appropriate maternal and neonatal care. The study would include the following:
- Complexity levels of care currently being provided by delivering hospitals in caring for birth mothers and newborns;
- How current systems of referral and transport to different facilities and specialty providers based on patient risk are being managed;
- Disparities in access to risk-appropriate maternal and hospital care;
- Service gaps;
- Issues that impact the ability to most appropriately match patient need with provider skill; and
- Recommendations for steps that can be taken to ensure that pregnant women receive quality prenatal care, and that mothers and newborns are cared for in a facility that meets their needs.
The Department would make an interim report of its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly before May 1, 2018. A final report would be given to the 2019 General Assembly.