Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality

Name Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality
Contact Person Karis Schoellmann - Bureau of Family Health, Team Lead: Communications, Innovation & Action
Mailing Address 1450 Poydras Street, Room 2032
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone Number 504-568-3504
Fax Number 504-568-3503
Board Email
Legal Authority Louisiana Revised Statute 40:2018
Year Created 1989
Organizational Placement Louisiana Department of Health
Purpose/Function This commission is responsible for researching and reviewing all state laws, regulations, guidelines, policies, and procedures that impact perinatal care and, where appropriate, making recommendations to the legislature and secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals. In addition, the commission is responsible for providing a plan that the state can adopt to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies, sick infants, and infant mortalities.
Number of Entity Members: Number Authorized: 16
Number Currently Serving: 15
Number of Entity Meetings: Actual number in prior year: 6
Estimated number in current year: 6
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Do members receive per diem, salaries, and/or travel expense reimbursements?
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Past Functions
Presented by Dr. William Gill at the July 8, 2010, meeting of the Commission.

1. Louisiana State Perinatal Plan
Title 48:I-XXV, Public Health--General (Book 2 of 2)
Last amended August 2012, compiled August 2012
Rule, Hospital Licensing Standards
LAC 48:1.9469, 9505-0521
Review and revision of the older Perinatal Plan defining the levels of Perinatal and Neonatal care as Levels I, II, III, and III-Regional. Requirements and Standards were based upon the ACOG/AAP Guidelines for Perinatal Care, Fifth Edition.

The document was created by the Commission, edited and placed in the appropriate format by staff, and was published in the Louisiana Register Vol.33,No.02, February 20,2007. The Commission chaired public hearings throughout the state as is required when the Standards are revised.

Some Commission meetings featured representatives from several hospitals around the state. These representatives expressed their concerns about some requirements of the plan, including in-house anesthesia coverage, in-house NICU coverage, and the requirement for a Board Certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM or Perinatologist) in light of the lack of available specialists.

Commission members participated in scientific conferences, community meetings, and academic settings to enhance the understanding of the Perinatal Plan, and to promote practices leading to healthy outcomes for mothers and babies.

2. Outcomes Review
The Commission with the assistance of the Office of Public Health Office of Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology conducted a state wide review of outcomes of very low birth weight babies relative to the designated Level of care of the hospital of birth.

3. Fetal-Infant Mortality Review (FIMR)
Through legislation empowering protected PEER review, the Commission enabled regional FIMR panels to cond
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