The Center for Health Economics and Policy at the Institute for Public Health has published a new white paper containing recommendations for advancing quality maternal health care and pregnancy outcomes in Missouri. The recommendations stem from the center’s recent series of convenings, “Transforming Healthcare in Missouri Part V: Policies & Partnerships to Advance Pregnancy Outcomes”. Participants included managed care organization representatives, clinicians, program leaders, advocates, researchers, Medicaid agency staff, and other stakeholders in Missouri pregnancy care. Experts such as Director of the Division of Clinical Research, Obstetrics & Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine, Ebony Boyce Carter, MD, presented on successful innovative models for maternal healthcare delivery and payment; and panelists from other states spoke on such topics as freestanding birth centers, pregnancy medical homes, provider pregnancy management programs, and community care hubs.
Participants were divided into small groups and discussed innovative ways of delivering and paying for pregnancy-related care, with an emphasis on Medicaid. Potential solutions were divided into three categories:
- Coverage and Reimbursement
- Care Delivery and Workforce
- Data and Analytics
Organizers of the event series say that the program helped foster collaboration across varied groups, encouraging discussion about policies to advance pregnancy outcomes in order to identify areas of agreement regarding potential policy change.
The events were designed to be interactive and thought-provoking. We know there are a lot of stakeholders in this area, many of whom are doing excellent work. We wanted to aggregate and synthesize these viewpoints with a policy lens. Often what it takes to make a great idea transformational at the population level is a policy change that makes it financially sustainable. Our events were intended to elicit such policy options.Abigail Barker, PhD
The second event in the series was used to present the white paper to interested stakeholders and provide an opportunity for feedback on the recommendations.