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Medicaid Quality Measures Released
On Jan. 4, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the initial core set of health care quality measures for Medicaid-eligible adults, as required by the Affordable Care Act, for voluntary use by Medicaid programs, health insurance issuers and managed care entities that enter into contracts with Medicaid. Included in the core set are the following measures related to maternal and child health: appropriate use of antenatal steroids, elective delivery, medical assistance with smoking and tobacco use cessation and prenatal and postpartum care rate. As required in statute, by Jan. 1, 2013, CMS will issue guidance for submitting the initial core set to CMS in a standardized format. States choosing to collect the initial core set of measures will use that reporting template to submit data to CMS. Voluntary reporting will not begin until December 2013. Click here to read the entire notice.

AMCHP was one of the leading organizations advocating for inclusion of the measure related to elective deliveries. The Agency for Health Research and Quality special subcommittee initially voted to not include this measure, but AMCHP in partnership with the National Partnership for Women and Families and the March of Dimes drafted and sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services asking her to include it in the core set. Click here to read the letter.

AMCHP Conference Hill Day Reminder!
In accordance with your state rules on advocacy, please schedule meetings with members of Congress while you are in Washington D.C. attending the AMCHP conference. Now more than ever, our nation’s leaders need to hear about the importance of the Title V MCH Block Grant. Click here to find additional details about the hill day, including a guide describing how to schedule a meeting, information about advocacy training sessions and much more.

Final Reminder – AMCHP National Policy Call Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. EST
Mark your calendar! We will convene our next AMCHP all-member National Policy teleconference tomorrow, Wednesday Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. EST. We will discuss budget details, take a look at the year in review and the outlook ahead. To register, click here