2022 MCO Maternity Benefits
This tool provided by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services provides an overview of MCO health plan benefits for Aetna, Anthem, Humana, Passport, United, and WellCare.
Perinatal Mental Health and Social Support (aap.org)
A new page on AAP.org provides tools and resources for pediatric health care providers to assist new parents experiencing mental health challenges and help connect the parent-infant dyad to support. AAP is featuring new resources:
- Integrating Postpartum Depression Screening in Your Practice in 4 Steps
- Postpartum depression and anxiety: How to start the conversation
- Feeling Very Sad or Anxious
CREOGS Over Coffee podcast Perinatal Mental Health
This episode features two experts, Dr. Tiffany Moore Simas is Chair and Professor of OB/GYN at UMass Memorial Health and UMass Chan Medical School as well as co-Chair of the ACOG Maternal Mental Health Expert Work Group and Dr. Nancy Byatt is a tenured Professor of Psychiatry and OB/GYN at UMass Memorial Health and UMass Chan Medical School. Both serve as senior leaders with the Massachusetts Perinatal Psychiatry Access Program, MCPAP for Moms, and Lifeline For Moms. Listen on the web at wherever you get your podcasts.
Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center
The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) collaborates with state, university, and community partners to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Overdose to Action (OD2A) plan. This program implements surveillance strategies that include the timely analysis of drug overdose emergency department encounters, fatal drug overdose tracking using multiple data sources, and an innovative public health surveillance strategies using remnant serum and/or urine samples from patients treated at the University of Kentucky Medical Center Emergency Department for suspected drug overdoses.
Agency for Healthcare, Research, and Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) promotes evidence-based policies and interventions that improve the safety, quality, accessibility, equity, affordability of healthcare. The AHRQ works within the US Department of Health and Human Services and partner organizations to accomplish this mission through health systems research, practice improvement, data and analytics.
National Perinatal Information Center
The National Perinatal Information Center supports the use of comparative data and analysis that advances quality, safety and best practices in perinatal health. NPIC utilizes the Perinatal Center Data Base and network of member hospitals for data collection and quality improvement and patient safety initiatives.
National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives
The NNPQC supports state level PQCs through resource and education in order to improve the effectiveness of programs that target quality improvements in mothers and babies. There are currently 47 states with PQCs, thirteen of which will receive targeted technical assistance in program development from the NNPQC.
Alliance for Innovation on a Maternal Health
Alliance for Innovation on a Maternal Health (AIM) is working to reduce preventable mortality and severe morbidity across the US through the application of data collection and evidence-based quality improvement interventions. Kentucky was enrolled in the AIM program effective March 1, 2021 as part of the spring cohort.
World Health Organization (WHO) Maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health
Maternal death is an important world population health issue. Given that most deaths in the US are preventable, improvements in maternal mortality rates represent a significant opportunity for population level impacts. Major causes of maternal mortality and morbidity include hemorrhage, infection, hypertension, unsafe abortion, and obstructed labor. Investments in healthcare and addressing barriers to care are among the most effective approaches to addressing preventable mortality.
The Commonwealth Fund: Community-Based Models to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes and Promote Health Equity
Perinatal care models have emerged as an important framework to improve maternal health outcomes. Following a review of data published from the evidence based literature, perinatal care models both improve maternal outcomes and lower cost while also reducing racial inequities in maternal mortality and morbidity.
The Commonwealth Fund: State Policies to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes
With maternal mortality rates rising in the US, state Medicaid programs may play a key role in improving quality and outcomes for pregnant women. State Medicaid programs provide coverage of 45% of all births in the US. Advancing Medicaid coverage policy and addressing gaps in coverage may represent a unique opportunity to apply the Medicaid infrastructure to improve the outcomes of mothers and children through a targeted approach.
CDC State Perinatal Quality Collaboratives
PQCs operate on the state and regional level as team based networks that work in collaboration to improve the quality of care for mothers and babies. PQCs are available or in development in the vast majority of the US, with state level initiatives actively working to collect data and standardize processes of care, with measurable outcomes and success stories available that support these initiatives.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is the most important professional organization representing obstetrics and gynecologists. ACOG plays a critical role in the development and dissemination of practice guidelines, practice management, professional development and other education and support for providers. Additionally, ACOG plays an important role in advocacy for both members and patients, the promotion of education, and provides patient education and resources.
National Perinatal Association
NPA is a multidisciplinary organization made up of providers, parents, caregivers, educators, and social service professionals. The goal of the NPA is the empower stakeholders so that the needs of patients receiving care during the perinatal periods are met.
Academy of Neonatal Nursing (ANN)
AAN is a professional organization of NICU nurses that provides resources and education to providers through national meetings, peer reviewed publications, online resources, and other important professional development initiatives.
Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
AWHONN is a professional organization of nursing providers who support the care of women, newborns, and their families through research, education and advocacy.
National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN)
NANN is a professional society of neonatal nurses committed to advancing research and practice to improve the outcomes of high risk neonates.
Fetal Medicine Foundation
The Fetal Medicine Foundation is an organization that improves the health of pregnant women and babies through research and training. This organization is led by an international team of experts that provides education programs for both healthcare providers and patients in common pregnancy complications, prevention and management.
National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP)
NAANP is a division of NAAN specifically developed to support neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) and neonatal clinical nurse specialists (CNSs). NAANP promotes the nurse practitioner workforce through education, professional support, community leadership, clinical expertise, and activism.
American Academy of Pediatrics
The AAP is professional organization of pediatricians that provides professional resources to providers and engages in advocacy to promote policy change that benefits processes and outcomes for children.