Bill Text: NJ A4930 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Establishes maternity care standards for general hospitals providing maternity care.*

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 16-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-05-13 - Received in the Senate without Reference, 2nd Reading [A4930 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-A4930-Amended.html

[First Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 4930

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED JANUARY 17, 2019

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  SHAVONDA E. SUMTER

District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblywoman  LISA SWAIN

District 38 (Bergen and Passaic)

Assemblywoman  VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE

District 37 (Bergen)

Assemblywoman  BRITNEE N. TIMBERLAKE

District 34 (Essex and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywomen Jimenez, Chaparro, Murphy, Lampitt, Reynolds-Jackson and Speight

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Establishes maternity care standards for general hospitals providing maternity care.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As reported by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on March 18, 2019, with amendments.

 


An Act concerning maternity care and supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a.   The Department of Health shall 1[establish training protocols and treatment guidelines] develop maternity care standards1 for 1[each] the use of1 general 1[hospital providing] hospitals licensed to provide1 maternity care 1[that is licensed]1 pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et seq.) 1[to follow as a condition of licensure in the following areas of concern, as determined by the department, to ensure the safety of female patients in maternity care:

     (1)   maternal depression and anxiety;

     (2)   maternal venous thromboembolism;

     (3)   obstetric care for women with opioid use disorder;

     (4)   obstetric hemorrhaging;

     (5)   postpartum care basics for maternal safety from birth through postpartum stage;

     (6)   prevention of retained vaginal sponges following birth;

     (7)   reduction of peripartum, racial and ethnic disparities;

     (8)   safe reduction of primary cesarean birth;

     (9)   severe hypertension during pregnancy;

     (10)    multidisciplinary support following a severe maternal event; and

     (11)  postpartum care basics for maternal safety from maternity to well-woman care]. The maternity care standards shall focus on ensuring the safety of maternity care patients throughout the prenatal, childbirth, and postpartum periods, with the goal of reducing the number of, and disparities in, adverse maternity care outcomes.

     b.    The maternity care standards developed by the department pursuant to subsection a. of this section shall, at a minimum, include best practices with regard to1 the maternal care priorities that are identified by the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health, or another designated maternal safety and quality improvement initiative that is informed by national data. The department shall monitor the maternal care priorities that are identified by the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health, or another designated maternal safety and quality improvement initiative that is informed by national data, and update maternity care standards accordingly, while ensuring continued compliance with the updated maternity care standards as a condition of licensure pursuant to subsection c. of this section.

     c.     A hospital licensed to provide maternity care services shall ensure compliance with the maternity care standards developed pursuant to this section as a condition of licensure.1

 

     2.    The Department of Health shall, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), adopt rules or regulations as are necessary to effectuate the provisions of this act.

 

     3.    This act shall take effect 1[180] 3651 days after the date of enactment.

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