27 payers to include CMS' 'birthing-friendly' hospital designation in provider directories

A group of payers will display CMS' new "birthing-friendly" hospital designation in their provider directories. 

According to a press release from AHIP published Dec. 13, 27 health plans will add the new designation. The plans cover 150 million Americans, the trade association said. 

CMS created the birthing-friendly hospital designation earlier this year. The agency unveiled a logo for the designation and a list of participating health plans adding the designation to directories Dec. 13. 

"That's why AHIP applauds today's announcement. Improving maternity care including CMS' birthing-friendly hospital designation will help inform patients as they make decisions about their maternal healthcare needs," AHIP president Matt Eyles said in the news release. 

The participating health plans include: Aetna, AlohaCare, Banner University Health Plans, Blue Shield of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Centene, Chorus Community Health Plan, Cigna, Community Health Plan of Washington, Connecticare, Driscoll Health Plan, El Paso First Health Plans, Elevance Health, EmblemHealth, Health Care Services Corporation, Humana, Independent Health, Kaiser Permanente, Molina Healthcare, Partnership HealthPlan of California, Texas Children's Health Plan and UPMC for You.

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