This ongoing series, cosponsored by NACPM, Citizens for Midwifery (CfM), and the Association of Midwifery Educators (AME), provides key information to CPMs, advocates, and policy makers as we work together to secure licensing for CPMs in all 50 states. The series includes an Overview of Licensure for CPMs, two webinars on US MERA and one on the MAMA Campaign.
Participation in the webinar series, as well as access to recordings, is free. CEUs, when available, are $15 per webinar.
Midwives in Action: Legislation Update
1.5 MEAC CEUs available
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Midwifery Advocacy – Tools You Can Use
1.5 MEAC CEUs available
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Please join the NACPM Tools and Resource Team, consisting of Mary Lawlor, Executive Director, Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko, Consultant, and Susan Smartt Cook, Chapter Program Manager for this webinar.
We will explore resources to help you build the case for increasing access to midwifery care, licensing and reimbursement, including NACPM Fact Sheets and the latest Position Statements from other organizations.
We will introduce you to the excellent guide published by the International Confederation of Midwives which addresses the various phases of advocacy work, such as building consensus, cultivating allies, creating marketing plans, staging demonstrations, and evaluating your progress. And we will share examples of how advocates in several states are using the “Principles for Model U.S. Midwifery Legislation and Regulation” endorsed by the US MERA member organizations.
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Inside Look at the 2016 Election Results and What it Could Mean for CPMs and Maternity Care
Thursday, December 14, 2016
What do the national election results, the new make-up of key Congressional committees, new cabinet and federal agency appointments, and the agenda priorities of the new administration mean for health policy in the U.S. over the next four years? Of the priorities of the new administration, which are most likely to be achieved and which will face obstacles to implementation? How will proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act and other federal programs impact maternity care? How will CPM priorities for federal recognition be affected as the political landscape changes? Are you feeling lost and eager for answers to your questions about what all of these changes will mean for you and what you care most about?
Billy Wynne of Thorn Run Partners, NACPM health policy consultant and federal lobbyist, presented an analysis of information from a myriad of sources in Washington, DC and elsewhere, and shone a light on what we can expect after the presidential inauguration in January 2017.
Payment Reform: What lies ahead? What are CPMs doing now?
1.5 MEAC CEs (0.15 CEUs) Available
October 27, 2:00 – 3:30pm, ET
Find out what leading stakeholders in in our health care system, including health plans, employers, state and federal agencies are saying about the need to reform our payment system and what it could mean in maternity care. Learn more about emerging payment models and what impact they could have on access to and payment for CPM services. Get a bird’s eye view of the payment landscape for CPMs today, including where Medicaid programs, the largest single payor of maternity care, are covering CPM care. Discover how CPMs are taking action at the state level to improve reimbursement for birth centers and expand employment opportunities for CPMs. Learn how NACPM, in collaboration with ACNM and the American Association of Birth Centers, are advocating for implementation of federal law that affects coverage of CPM services and birth center reimbursement.
Mary Lawlor, LM, CPM, and Executive Director of NACPM provided a national perspective on some of the opportunities and challenges for midwives in the context of both current and projected payment models. She described states where Medicaid covers CPM services, where there are barriers to public and private insurer coverage, and she listed steps NACPM is taking to address these issues. She also described meetings at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid where NACPM, in collaboration with the ACNM and the American Association of Birth Centers, are making the case for the added value that CPMs can bring to maternity care and exploring ways in which the agency can improve implementation of ACA provisions related to birth center reimbursement. Download Mary Lawlor’s presentation slides
Karen Milgate, MPP, Health Policy Consultant presented how key elements of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid initiatives call for significant changes in the way that health care will be organized and purchased in the coming years. Karen has worked closely with the Health Care Learning and Payment Action Network as they have developed recommendations for payment reforms, including new models for payment of maternity care. She described these models and explained where there may be opportunities for innovation that include midwives and birth centers. Download Karen Milgate’s presentation slides
Valerie Sasson, CPM – President, Midwives Association of Washington State. Licensed Midwives and birth centers in Washington State have been Medicaid providers since the 1980s, but the Midwives Association of Washington State has recently taken up the cause of adequate reimbursement for birth centers. Val described the problem and the midwives’ efforts to secure better reimbursement.
JayVon Muhammad, CPM, CEO of the Marin City Health and Wellness Center in California. Licensed Midwives in California have only recently achieved changes to their state laws that make it feasible for them to participate in Medicaid, including a provision for enhanced reimbursement. As Director of a health center, JayVon explained how this has made it possible for her to employ Licensed Midwives.
Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM – a British-trained midwife, a women’s health advocate, the founder and executive director of Commonsense Childbirth Inc. and the creator of The JJ Way®. Licensed Midwives in Florida have encountered significant challenges in receiving adequate Medicaid reimbursement. Jenny described her experiences and how she’s fought back. Download Jennie Joseph’s presentation slides
CPMs and State Licensure: Finding New Ways Forward in Today’s Environment
October 6, 2016
The webinar covered how Certified Professional Midwives are discovering new opportunities for state licensure and building interesting new relationships with professional colleagues and policymakers. Find out where they are in the legislative process and what they are learning. There are numerous challenges encountered in any legislative effort but new allies and better relationships are making a difference! This is an opportunity to think about what the implications might be for midwives in your state.
Ellie Daniels, CPM, NACPM Board President, addressed how CPMs in Maine participated in a broad-based consensus-building process to achieve state licensure in 2016 and how their creative problem-solving has set the stage for future collaboration among maternity care providers.
Aundria Radmacher, CPM, talked about building a coalition of stakeholders from broad political backgrounds in Kentucky, how to engage supporters and the difference between a professional led organization and a consumer led organization.
Barbara Belcore-Walkden, CD, CPM, LM is the President of the Illinois Council of Certified Professional Midwives. She shared from her experience working on state legislation in Illinois and how CPMs are incorporating the language agreed upon by the US MERA collaboration
MAMA Campaign Virtual Meeting
All stakeholders were invited to participate in a discussion of the current initiative to secure Medicaid reimbursement for all licensed CPMs. A brief update on the direction and current status of the initiative was followed by an open discussion of questions and concerns raised by stakeholders.
The Midwives and Mothers in Action (MAMA) Campaign’s initiative to secure federal recognition for CPMs and to mandate federal Medicaid coverage for CPM services was launched in 2009. This past year, building on the encouraging new momentum for state licensure for CPMs as a result of the recent US MERA collaborative agreements, a new strategy aligning the federal bill with the US MERA agreements has brought new life, new allies and new bipartisan Congressional interest to this initiative. However, this strategy has also raised questions and concerns about how a bill that includes language regarding completion of accredited programs or NARM’s Bridge Certificate will impact CPMs.
An Overview of State Licensure for CPMs
April 9, 2015
Which states have licensing for CPMs? What variations exist from state to state?
This webinar addressed questions about CPM licensing, including the complexities of various state statutes and the implications for states looking to gain or amend existing legislation.
Presenter: Ida Darragh, LM, CPM, and chairperson of NARM
Content: An overview of state licensure in the U.S., including: the number of and which states are currently licensed, important characteristics of these statutes (VBAC, well-woman care, twins/breeches, oversight entities, formularies, accredited education requirement, supervision requirement, etc.), a brief overview of states with current active legislation, and what services/support NARM provides to the states. Download Ida Darragh’s presentation slides
Presenter: Mary Lawlor, LM, CPM, and Executive Director of NACPM
Content: A discussion of the kinds of queries we receive from states seeking assistance, what support NACPM has been able to provide to states, and the role of State Chapters, going forward. Download Mary Lawlor’s presentation slides
Presenter: Debrah Lewis, CNM, MSc, and former Vice President of ICM
Content: A review of the ICM regulation standards, which provide an important context for licensing and regulation in the the United States. Download Debrah Lewis’s presentation slides
US MERA: What it Could Mean for CPMs
September 15, 2015
NACPM has been working with other national midwifery organizations in the US MERA collaboration to find a way forward through the many obstacles midwives encounter. This webinar provides an overview of the purpose, history, accomplishments, and next steps for US MERA.
Presenter: Mary Lawlor, LM, CPM, Executive Director of NACPM, US MERA Direct Assessment Task Force co-chair, US MERA Steering Committee, US MERA Legislative Committee, US MERA Communications Committee
MAMA Campaign: A New Foundation for Federal Recognition of CPMs
November 17, 2015
This webinar from explains how NACPM has stepped up to lead the campaign for federal recognition of CPMs. After two years of quiet but persistent relationship-building in Washington, DC, beginning in the summer of 2015, NACPM has re-engaged our original MAMA Campaign partner organizations as campaign advisors: North American Registry of Midwives, Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, Citizens for Midwifery, International Center for Traditional Childbearing, and Midwives Alliance of North America. With renewed spirit and focus, we are also pleased to announce that the National Association of Birth Centers and Clinics of Color (NABCCC) has joined the MAMA Campaign advisory committee. Furthermore, we are working closely with other important allies, particularly the ACNM which is now actively supporting our efforts for federal recognition of CPMs.
In June 2015, with new opportunities on the horizon, NACPM re-engaged our lobbyist Billy Wynne and his colleagues at Thorne Run Partners. With a wealth of experience and a commitment to our cause, these experts are able to inform our overall strategy and gain access to key Congressional offices for support. We have drafted new bill language that would amend federal Medicare/Medicaid statutes to mandate coverage of CPM services and define CPMs in statute for the purposes of reimbursement by Medicaid. New provisions in the draft bill also include Certified Midwives (CM) in federal Medicare and Medicaid, a long-held priority of the ACNM.
Mary Lawlor, Executive Director of NACPM, discussed the new strategy for the MAMA Campaign that incorporates US MERA agreements into the federal bill, opening up exciting and entirely new opportunities for federal recognition for CPMs.
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Jesse Bushman, Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs at ACNM, presented an overview of the provisions in the federal draft bill to include Certified Midwives in the federal Medicaid program, opportunities for new joint CPM/CM/CNM advocacy, and securing ACOG support.
Billy Wynne of Thorn Run Partners, NACPM health policy consultant and federal lobbyist, discussed the Campaign’s strategy for success with Congress and federal agencies, and opportunities during the current Congress for moving this important legislation forward. Download Billy Wynne’s presentation slides
Jennie Joseph, CPM, a British-trained midwife, women’s health advocate, the founder and executive director of Commonsense Childbirth Inc. and the creator of The JJ Way®, shared how critical nationwide Medicaid reimbursement for CPMs is to improving the health and saving the lives of childbearing women in the U.S., especially the most vulnerable.
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US MERA: How to Put it to Use for CPMs
November 19, 2015
The US MERA collaboration agreements (2015 Report) have generated much energy and excitement, along with the promise of new opportunities and new allies, in the effort to license CPMs in all 50 states. At the same time, CPMs and state advocates have many questions about how to bring alive the projects and tools emerging from US MERA in their state initiatives, and about how the US MERA project to increase access to and affordability of midwifery education will be of support to advocates on the ground.
In a previous webinar, US MERA: What It Could Mean for CPMs, we discussed with you the purpose, history, accomplishments and agreements of US MERA. This additional webinar explained more about the new Consensus Principles for Model Regulation, the NARM Midwifery Bridge Certificate, Innovations in Midwifery Education, and about one state’s coalition and consensus-building efforts to license CPMs in their state.
Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko, MPH, NACPM strategic consultant and MEAC representative to US MERA, described the US MERA Principles of Model Midwifery Legislation & Regulation: how they were developed, what they are, and how they can be of use to state advocates. Download Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko’s presentation slides
Ida Darragh, CPM, Chair of NARM, presented the Midwifery Bridge Certificate and the role it is playing in new state CPM licensure bills. Download Ida Darragh’s presentation slides
Kristi Ridd-Young, President of the Midwives College of Utah and MEAC representative to US MERA, described the current range of MEAC-accredited schools available to students today. Download Kristi Ridd-Young’s presentation slides
Mary Lawlor, CPM, Executive Director of NACPM, shared exciting new developments for applying innovations in higher education to increasing access to and affordability of training of midwives. Download Mary Lawlor’s presentation slides
Ellie Daniels, CPM of Maine and President of NACPM, discussed Maine’s groundbreaking multi-stakeholder collaboration to develop legislation to license CPMs in her state, based on US MERA agreements. Download Ellie Daniels’ presentation slides
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