ULAA Southern Regional Vice President, Dr. Somo Basir- Hubbard Addresses Maternal Health Improvements at CMS Quality Conference

Dr. Somo Basir-Hubbard, ULAA Southern Regional Vice President

By Danlette G. Washington 

The 2024 CMS Quality Conference, held at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor from April 8-10, featured a significant presentation by Dr. Somo Hubbard, the Southern Regional Vice President of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA). 

Dr. Hubbard, who also serves as the Clinical Program and Care Review Manager at the Georgia Department of Community Health, spoke on the critical issue of “Improving Maternal Health Through Care Review.”

Georgia is recognized for having one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the United States, a concerning statistic reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health for the years 2018-2020. 

In response, the Georgia Department of Community Health initiated a maternal care review initiative in October 2023 aimed at enhancing maternal health outcomes across the state.

During her address, Dr. Hubbard outlined the initiative’s methodology, highlighting the use of a Postpartum Care Review Tool developed from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ latest recommendations. 

This tool is employed quarterly by Care Management Organizations (CMOs) to ensure the adherence to evidence-based practices and to identify gaps in postpartum care. Each patient record is examined against specific care indicators, which are essential for assessing the quality of care provided. The performance is scored and outcomes are determined by the presence of these indicators in at least 80% of the records reviewed. 

Dr. Hubbard emphasized the crucial follow-up process, where providers falling below the threshold receive targeted feedback, education, and peer support, with a subsequent review to assess improvements.

The theme of this year’s CMS conference, “Resilient and Ready Together: Creating an Optimal Environment for Quality Healthcare for Individuals, Families, and Communities,” resonated through Dr. Hubbard’s presentation. 

She called for a unified approach to tackling healthcare disparities, especially in maternal health, and stressed the importance of collaboration among healthcare providers to drive significant improvements.

Dr. Hubbard’s insightful presentation not only shed light on the proactive steps being taken in Georgia but also served as a call to action for healthcare professionals nationwide to prioritize maternal health and strive for excellence in healthcare delivery.

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