The Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Care: A National Partnership to Improve Maternal Safety
Senior Director, Providers’ Partnership and AIM Program American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, USA
Submission: May 24, 2018;Published: August 09, 2018
*Corresponding author: Jeanne Mahoney, Senior Director, Providers’ Partnership and AIM Program American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 409 12th St. SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA, Tel: 202-314-2352; Email: email@example.com
How to cite this article: Jeanne Mahoney. The Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Care: A National Partnership to Improve Maternal Safety. Glob J
Reprod Med. 2018; 5(5): 555671. DOI:10.19080/GJORM.2018.05.555671.
Responding to a disturbingly rising maternal mortality rate in the U.S, a national partnership of provider, public health and advocacy organizations, administrated by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, developed the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM). AIM aligns national, state, and hospital level efforts to improve maternal health and safety and is poised to reduce severe maternal morbidity by 100,000 events and maternal mortality by 1,000 deaths by 2018. With funding received from the Health Resource Services Administration, AIM provides evidence-based front-line resources for birth facilities and provider/public health teams to adapt and implement a series of action steps (bundles) on high risk maternal conditions. AIM support harmonized data-driven, rapid-cycle, continuous quality improvement processes to engage providers and birth facilities. Starting with states that have high rates of maternal mortality, AIM utilizes a broad variety of partners to develop state level teams for bundle implementation.
Bundles are standardized evidence-informed processes to reduce variation in response to maternal care. They are developed by multidisciplinary work groups of experts in the field representing each of our Alliance partners and specialty organizations.
The Alliance partners are national organizations ready to share their expertise and guide the AIM program (Table 1). AIM works through state teams. These teams must have a leader; be able to provide deidentified hospital administrative data quarterly to the AIM data center; engage state public health officers; conduct multidisciplinary maternal mortality review reviews and identify champions among nursing, midwifery, and physicians. AIM is a data driven quality improvement initiative. The AIM team has identified low burden metrics for measuring bundle adoption and maternal outcomes within states and hospitals implementing the bundles. Deidentified outcome, structure and process data reported to the AIM data center, is benchmarked with other similar hospitals within states and networks and reported back to the participating hospitals and states. Hospitals and states are guided to actively use the data for quality improvement.
The AIM team develops, identifies and provides an increasing
number of resources for hospitals and state teams to implement
the Maternal Safety Bundles. These include online, interactive
and brief learning modules for staff education; check lists; work
plans; direct links to tool kits and other published resources. The
AIM website (www.safehealthcareforeverywoman) holds these
resources and provides assistance with data management, and
a contact/help center. AIM participants from hospitals and state
teams are encouraged to engage in monthly calls with other states
and hospital network participants as learning communities. AIM
has developed a 14-state collaborative to identify the national
metrics and resources required to implement the AIM bundle:
Obstetric care of women with opioid use disorder. AIM is
continually reviewing and revising resources for implementation
and growth. All resources are open access and can be shared freely.
AIM supports participants by offering Part IV maintenance
of certification for physicians and offer CEUs for nurses utilizing
the online modules. AIM is developing an award program for
participating hospitals. AIM programs in low resource U.S. settings
and countries are dramatically proving the basic concepts of AIM.
Dedicated, health care professionals of multiple disciplines and
training levels use the AIM bundles and work in concert to reduce
barriers and improve communication to reduce maternal mortality
and severe morbidity. And though only 3 years since development,
AIM is showing significant reduction in the rate of severe maternal
morbidity (7.8 to 22% decrease) within the 5 states that began
bundle implementation in 2015. Below are the States currently
engaged in AIM (Table 2). At the time of publication another 13
states have indicated interest to enroll in AIM.