PA PQC Advisory and Work Groups
Over 140 people from all of the regions of the Commonwealth worked together to standup the PA PQC through an Advisory Group and nine work groups. The Advisory Group includes State agencies, providers, health system associations, provider associations, health plans, community-based organizations, researchers, foundations, quality improvement collaboratives, and advocates. The work groups identified the drivers, key interventions, and quality metrics to move the needle on the collective aims of the PA PQC. The Jewish Healthcare Foundation and WHAMglobal, an operating arm of the Foundation, are helping to administer the work of the PA PQC, which is being led by these stakeholders.

Policy Work Group
Aasta Mehta, MD, MPP, Policy Consultant, Maternal, Child, and Family Health, Philadelphia Department of Public Health


- Doula Reimbursement
- Maternity Bundled Payments
- Midwifery
- Postpartum Care

Meets quarterly to oversee the PA PQC, monitor and support the PA PQC’s milestones, and provide guidance and direction.

NAS Drivers Work Group
Kimberly Costello, DO, Director of Neonatology, St. Luke's University Health

OUD Drivers Work Group
Elizabeth Krans, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Maternal Mortality Drivers Work Group
Loren Robinson, MD, MSHP, FAAP, Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, PA Department of Health
Hyagriv Simhan, MD, MS, Division Chief - Maternal Fetal Medicine, Vice Chair, Obstetrical Services, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Medical Director, Obstetrical Services, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Quality Improvement (QI) Methods Work Group
Michael Posencheg, MD, Medical Director of the Intensive Care Nursery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Value Improvement for Penn Medicine, Penn Medicine

NAS Quality Metrics Work Group
Scott Lorch, MD, Harriet and Ronald Lassin Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neonatology and Director, Center for Perinatal and Pediatric Health Disparities Research, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

OUD Quality Metrics Work Group
Marian Jarlenski, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Maternal Mortality Quality Metrics
Jason Baxter, MD, Associate Professor, OB/GYN and MFM, Jefferson Health
Stacy Beck, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Maternal Fetal Medicine, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital