IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 10

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Hot Topic on The Hill: Maternal Health
Target: BP Webinars Sept. 26, Oct. 23
NPR Political Analyst to Close Leadership Summit

Hot Topic on The Hill: Maternal Health
Maternal morbidity racial and ethnic disparities continue to be a key topic of concern in Washington, D.C. Today, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on “Improving Maternal Health: Legislation to Advance Prevention Efforts and Access to Care.” The hearing builds on last year’s discussion on how to address the causes of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity.

Several piece of proposed legislation were discussed and marked up including:

  • Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness Act (H.R. 1897), also known as the MOMMA’s Act, introduced by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL);
  • Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act (H.R. 1551);
  • Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies Act (H.R. 2902); and
  • Healthy MOMMIES Act (H.R. 2602).

Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) gave opening remarks in which he expressed his concerns about the thoroughness of the legislative process and the lack of bipartisanship participation.  

“Regarding the four bills that we are reviewing today, only one of the bills has a Republican cosponsor. I am also concerned that despite coming off of a six week district work period we didn’t have witnesses agreed to until last Thursday and Members weren’t able to review testimony until yesterday. Such a broken process is disrespectful of this important issue,” said Rep. Walden. 

In Illinois, the 2019 legislative session saw passage of an unprecedented number of maternal health legislation. This high volume was in response to several studies and reports showing high maternal mortality and morbidity rates in Illinois and across the country, particularly among minority populations. IHA has developed a comprehensive memo covering the new laws impacting maternal care in the hospital setting.

Last week in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that Black, American Indian and Alaska Native women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women – and this disparity increases with age. The overall pregnancy-related mortality ratio (PRMR) from 2007-2016 increased from 15.0 to 17.0 pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 births. Non-Hispanic black and non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native women experienced higher PRMRs (40.8 and 29.7, respectively) than all other racial/ethnic populations. The CDC says this was 3.2 and 2.3 times higher than the PRMR for white women – and the gap widened among older age groups.


Target: BP Webinars Sept. 26, Oct. 23
The American Heart Association and American Medical Association will host two upcoming complimentary webinars about their Target: Blood Pressure (BP) program.

Three New Ways to Promote Target: BP in Your Clinic will be held on Sept. 26 from 12-1 p.m. CT. This webinar will feature national experts who will help hospital teams to promote awareness of high blood pressure (BP) and share the results of this quality improvement effort.

Engaging in Team-Based Care will be held on Oct. 23 from 1-2 p.m. CT. Led by Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, PhD, RN, FAHA, FCPNA, assistant professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, this webinar outlines the evidence behind team-based care and how to incorporate this practice into healthcare organizations of all sizes and demographics.

Both programs will be recorded and available on-demand. To access other on-demand webinars, please click here.


NPR Political Analyst to Close Leadership Summit
Top political journalist and analyst Mara Liasson will deliver the closing address at the 2019 IHA Leadership Summit, The Intersection of Policy, Politics and Leadership. Liasson is a recognizable voice on National Public Radio (NPR) and a regular contributor on FOX News.

On Sept. 27, Liasson will present The State of Play in the Nation's Capital. In her eye-opening address, she will explore:

  • What's happening behind the scenes in the nation's capital;
  • How well the American public is served by today's media and political environments; and
  • Trends likely to permeate American culture in the future.

In her impressive career, Liasson has reported on the seven presidential elections between 1992 and 2016. She garnered three Merriman Smith Awards for excellence in daily news coverage from the White House Correspondents' Association. Her insight and analyses will provide hospital leaders with perspective on how to tackle the difficult issues they face at the local, state and national levels.

Liasson joined NPR in 1985 and earned the exclusive assignment of White House correspondent covering President Bill Clinton's administration in 1992. She began contributing to FOX News Channel in 1997, a year after the network launched. She is a regular analyst on Special Report with Bret Baier and a panelist on FOX News Sunday.

Get a front row seat to Liasson's address with her famous candor. Register by next Thursday, Sept. 12, to take advantage of the discounted rate.