March 2, 2021
At a recent meeting of the Perinatal Advisory Committee (PAC), an advisory panel of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), it was decided that the PAC would begin the extensive process of developing regulations to create a Maternal Levels of Care designation system, authorized under PA 101-0447. This system will compliment, but be separate from, the perinatal designations that are currently in place, focusing attention on a hospital’s abilities and resources to care for the mother. The levels of care will be based on the levels developed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). When these regulations are in place, a birthing hospital will have both a maternal and perinatal designation based on their staffing, resources, and capabilities.
As with the changes to the perinatal levels of care regulations, which are still under preliminary drafting, IDPH wishes to assure hospitals that creating these designations will be a thorough and transparent process, allowing for ample stakeholder review and feedback. Additionally, IHA staff will be actively engaged with IDPH and the PAC to ensure any designation process takes into account the regional differences of the state.
To assist the PAC and IDPH in development of these designations, the Department is seeking volunteers to serve on working groups in drafting these regulations. The details of the meetings are still under consideration; however, the PAC and IDPH will begin looking at candidates for these workgroups after their next meeting on April 15. Those interested in serving should submit their resume or CV to Alex Smith at Alexander.J.Smith@illinois.gov by April 14.
If you have any questions, please contact IHA.