Blueprint for Action: Steps towards a high quality, high value maternity care system

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More than 100 leading experts set out to answer this question, reaching unprecedented consensus on the steps and actions needed to reform this critical and costly segment of the US health care system. 

Five stakeholder workgroups collaborated to develop concrete solutions to the most pressing issues facing the US maternity care system. The result is a detailed list of actionable strategies to improve maternity care quality and value centered on 11 critical focus areas for change:

  • Performance measurement and leveraging of results
  • Payment reform to align incentives with quality
  • Disparities in access and outcomes of maternity care
  • Improved functioning of the liability system
  • Scope of covered services for maternity care
  • Coordination of maternity care across time, settings, and disciplines
  • Clinical controversies
  • Decision making and consumer choice
  • Scope, content, and availability of health professions education
  • Workforce composition and distribution
  • Development and use of health information technology

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