12/05/19

OBHG’s Chief Medical Officer weighs in on Joint Commission’s maternal health standards

In July 2020, the Joint Commission will require hospitals to meet 13 new elements of performance related to maternal health as part of the accreditation requirements. OBHG’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mark Simon, recently wrote an article for FierceHealthcare about helping hospitals prepare for the new maternal health accreditation standards.

OB hospitalists, while not specifically identified in the new requirements, are uniquely positioned to support hospitals’ implementation of the elements of performance. For example, OB hospitalists can actively collaborate with leadership teams at their partner hospitals to assess current efforts and confirm understanding of the Joint Commission standards, including sharing best practices about the new standards across their network of hospital partners; serving as onsite subject matter experts for hospital partners in understanding and meeting the new standards; and providing clinicians with regular, comprehensive training on maternal emergencies.

To read the full article and learn more about the accreditation standards, click here