DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Licensure of midwives. Establishes the Indiana midwifery board. Sets qualifications for a licensed certified professional midwife (CPM). Requires the board to: (1) develop peer review procedures; (2) require the purchase of liability insurance as a condition for licensure when the board determines liability insurance is sufficiently available; and (3) adopt rules limiting the scope of practice of licensed certified professional midwives to nonhospital settings. Makes it a Class B misdemeanor to practice midwifery without a license. Allows the board to specify circumstances under which a licensed certified professional midwife may administer certain prescription drugs. Provides that the following persons are not civilly liable for acts or omissions relating to services provided to a woman who is under the care of a licensed certified professional midwife: (1) A health care provider who renders care in an emergency. (2) An employee, a student, an intern, a trainee, or an apprentice who acts under the direction and supervision of a licensed certified professional midwife. Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning to seek a waiver from the United States Department of Health and Human Services to allow Medicaid reimbursement for licensed certified professional midwives.