Call for nominations for a CMS Maternal Health Technical Expert Panel

– Submit by July 12. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks nominations for a Maternal Health Technical Expert Panel (TEP) of approximately 20 individuals who will provide input on the expansion of the Maternal Morbidity Structural Measure (MMSM) and expansion and scoring methodology for and awarding of the Birthing-Friendly Hospital Designation. The MMSM assesses whether or not a hospital participates in a Statewide or National Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative initiative and implements patient safety practices and/or bundles related to maternal morbidity. The Birthing-Friendly Hospital Designation is currently awarded to hospitals and health systems based on their positive response to the MMSM.  CMS seeks nominations from individuals with differing areas of expertise and perspectives, including clinical experts in maternal care, chairs of obstetrical/gynecologic departments, hospital administrators, perinatal quality improvement experts, health equity and birth justice experts, statistical and performance measurement experts, and consumer/patient/family (caregiver) experts.  Send questions to the Maternal Quality inbox at