State Medicaid agencies can apply next spring for funding and technical assistance to participate in the Transforming Maternal Health Model, a new 10-year payment and care delivery model that will develop and implement a whole-person approach to pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care for women with Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Dec. 15.

CMS expects to select up to 15 states to receive up to $17 million to implement the model, which aims to improve health outcomes and increase access to additional maternal care providers, such as midwives, birth centers and doula services. The selected states will collaborate with managed care entities and care providers to implement the model beginning in 2028, which for participating hospitals and health systems will include achieving CMS’ “Birthing-Friendly” designation.

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