Health Policy & Legislation
Consistent with the ACNM's state policy agenda for 2013 - 2014 and the health policy goals of the California Nurse-Midwife Association, your local Chapter's efforts are directed at expanding women's access to the full scope of CNM services in California by:
- Reforming state law to guarantee CNMs equal opportunities to obtain clinical privileges as full voting members of the medical staff at hospitals.
- Working to implement independent billing and equity in reimbursement for CNMs under state Medi-Cal programs.
- Working to ensure that CNMs are adequately and appropriately represented in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) at the state level.
- Working to ensure that further implementation of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Consensus Model is in line with the American College of Nurse-Midwives’(ACNM) standards for CNMs education and practice.
- Working for recognition of CNMs as full scope practitioners by advocating for the removal of collaborative agreements and/or supervisory requirements from state law and regulations.
- Professional liability reforms, such as the establishment of alternative dispute resolution options, and ensuring the inclusion of CNMs in cost containment, risk management or demonstration programs.
Join your fellow SD&IC Chapter members who are engaging in health policy issues locally and statewide. Many of us are actively involved in helping to shape the issues that face our greater San Diego CNM community and California. There are approximately a hundred local CNMs who work in all types of settings from hospitals to birth centers to home birth-- your Chapter is working to identify local supporters and build relationships with all of our supporters and our local representatives.
For more information on how to get involved or just find out what's going on, contact your local Chapter's Health Policy Liaisons, Mary Croyle Farrell and Melanie Phipps-Morgan , or the CNMA Health policy chair, Kim Dau .
Additional resources for improving the policy environment for the practice of midwifery may be found through ACNM's Advocacy page .