The Joint Commission and the American college of obstetricians and gynecologists (ACOG) today announced a new collaboration to help reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States through the development of a new Maternal levels of care (MLC) verification program, available Jan. 1, 2022.
Conducted by The Joint Commission, the verification process will involve an on-site comprehensive review of the maternal services available in hospitals/critical access hospitals and a level of maternal care determination. (…) « Through this collaboration with ACOG, we will be able to further address critical maternal health areas« said David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Division of Health Care Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission. « We are pleased to offer this new verification program at a time when several state legislative and licensing authorities, health systems, and hospitals are exploring levels of care verification to improve the quality and safety of maternal care. We look forward to working closely with ACOG experts to gain additional insight into how to make health care safer for mothers.«