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AN ACT concerning State government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Department of Public Health Powers and
Duties Law of the
Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is
amended by adding Section 2310-223 as follows:
(20 ILCS 2310/2310-223 new)
Obstetric hemorrhage and hypertension
(a) As used in this Section, "hospital" means a hospital
licensed under the Hospital Licensing Act.
(b) The Department shall ensure that all hospitals require
new obstetric staff hires, emergency department staff hires,
anesthesia staff hires, and any other hires that care for
pregnant or postpartum women, including residents and fellows
in training, to complete educational training on the management
of severe maternal hypertension and postpartum hemorrhage.
Hospitals must demonstrate completion of the training of new
hires with a course certificate from the Department, such as
the certificate provided by the Alliance for Innovation in
Maternal Health eModules on Maternal Hypertension in Pregnancy
and Obstetric Hemorrhage, as supported by the American College
of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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(c) The Department shall ensure that all hospitals conduct
continuing education yearly for providers and staff of
obstetric medicine and of the emergency department and other
staff that may care for pregnant or postpartum women. The
continuing education shall include yearly simulations or
drills regarding management of severe maternal hypertension
and obstetric hemorrhage for all units that care for pregnant
or postpartum women. Hospitals must demonstrate compliance
with these education and training requirements.
(d) The Department shall ensure that all hospitals require
all current and new obstetrical staff, emergency department
staff, and any other staff, including residents and fellows in
training, who provide care for pregnant or postpartum women to
receive implicit bias training and education in cultural
competency in interactions between patients and providers.
(e) The Department shall provide support for the Illinois
Perinatal Quality Collaborative to develop an initiative to
improve birth equity and reduce peripartum racial and ethnic
disparities, modeled using the Alliance for Innovation on
Maternal Health and the California Maternal Quality
Collaborative's pilot work on improving birth equity. The
Department shall support the initiation of a statewide
perinatal quality improvement initiative in collaboration with
Illinois birthing hospitals to implement strategies to reduce
peripartum racial and ethnic disparities and to address
implicit bias in the health care system.