NACPM collaborates with other maternity care professionals and stakeholders to influence national policy to improve the quality of maternity care services for all women, bringing the valuable skills and perspectives of CPMs to a number of national policy tables.
The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a non-profit organization that promotes quality and change in the health care system through development and implementation of a national strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting. NQF membership includes a wide variety of healthcare stakeholders, including consumer organizations, public and private purchasers, physicians, nurses, hospitals, accrediting and certifying bodies, supporting industries, and healthcare research and quality improvement organizations – and midwives: NACPM has been a member of NQF since 2008, reflecting NACPM’s commitment to improving the quality of care for all women.
Autumn Vergo, CPM from New Hampshire and NACPM board member is NACPM’s representative to the National Quality Forum. Autumn’s interest in quality improvement developed over several years’ service as a member of northern New England’s regional, multi-hospital quality improvement network. She has worked alongside pediatricians, obstetrician/gynecologists, midwives and nurses on several projects intended to improve communication between hospital-based providers and community midwives, and serves as a case reviewer on her region’s Confidential Review and Improvement Board. Her cross-training as both a Certified Professional Midwife and a Registered Nurse help her to bridge the gap between care models and effectively represent the midwifery community on issues of best practice, safety, and quality improvement.
Autumn represented NACPM at NQF’s 2014 Annual Conference, “Making Sense of Quality Data for Patients, Providers, and Payers” in Washington, D.C. in February 2014. The NQF annual conference brings together more than 400 healthcare professionals, quality experts, and member organization executives and staff from across the United States, all of whom are dedicated to driving quality improvement within our healthcare system.