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IMI Launches New Virtual Learning Series on Midwifery-Led Care to Address Disparities and Equity in Medicaid

July 20, 2020

IMI Launches New Virtual Learning Series on Midwifery-Led Care to Address Disparities and Equity in Medicaid

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI), the nonprofit, nonpartisan Medicaid research and policy group, announced the launch of a national initiative focused on midwifery-led care in the Medicaid population. The project utilizes an interactive virtual format, bringing together state Medicaid agencies, Medicaid managed care organizations, and midwifery-led practice settings including freestanding birth centers to increase awareness of this model, support implementation, and leverage the key findings and resources from IMI’s landmark report, Improving Maternal Health Access, Coverage, and Outcomes in Medicaid: A Resource for State Medicaid Agencies.

Through a series of collaborative learning sessions, including expert guest speakers, supplemental development tools, such as the report’s accompanying checklist, and robust Q&A, will provide a roadmap for Medicaid stakeholders to explore next steps for implementation of this model within their state, organization, and/or practice settings. The session topics are diverse, and will integrate relevant policy discussions such as the changing policy landscape related to COVID-19 and telehealth, Medicaid program changes such as block grants and capitated payments, midwifery and birth center licensure, Medicaid reimbursement policies, and establishing the business case for the model.  New to this phase of the project, IMI has partnered with the Center for Health Care Strategies to join the project team, adding their state Medicaid agency perspective and expertise.

IMI is excited to leverage the findings from its recent report into an interactive and engaging web-based learning series for Medicaid stakeholders. The project will begin in the summer of 2020 and will be completed in the summer of 2021.

If you are interested in participating in the project as a series learner, guest speaker, or invited guest, please reach out to Dr. Jennifer Moore at


About the Institute for Medicaid Innovation

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization that provides independent, nonpartisan information and analysis to inform Medicaid policy and improve the health of the nation.

About the Center for Health Care Strategies

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a nonprofit policy center dedicated to improving the health of low-income Americans, especially individuals with complex, high-cost needs. CHCS works with state and federal agencies, health plans, providers, and community-based organizations to advance innovative and cost-effective models for organizing, financing, and delivering health care services. For more information, visit


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