March 10, 2014

State of Alabama
Press Release: Medicaid

APEC provides evidence-based protocols, OB care resources

A little more than two years after a group of physicians and state health leaders launched a statewide initiative to improve perinatal outcomes and ultimately the health and welfare of women and infants throughout Alabama, the Alabama Perinatal Excellence Collaborative (APEC) has emerged as an exemplary resource for obstetric care and other providers throughout the state of Alabama.


The cornerstone of this effort in Alabama is the group’s goal to develop and implement evidence-based obstetric care protocols, according to Alabama Medicaid Medical Director Robert Moon, M.D. He noted that APEC’s ultimate goal is to improve pregnancy outcomes by providing OB care practitioners with evidence-based practice protocols and decision trees, identifying meaningful quality benchmarks, developing data collection measures, reviewing quality data and providing feedback to individual providers and institutions and developing  mechanisms to help providers in achieving benchmarks.

APEC was developed in mid-2012 as a joint effort between Alabama Medicaid’s Maternity Care Program, the Alabama Department of Public Health, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of South Alabama, and community care providers to lower infant mortality and improve maternal and infant health.

Click here to view APEC protocols on the Alabama Medicaid website or via the APEC (Pregnancy Education Activation Communication Enhancement for Providers) web site. provides an avenue for easy access to the protocols and direct contact with APEC leaders via personal computer, tablet, or smart phone. Follow the link provided to download the app onto a personal device; the app is designed to be compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows devices.

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