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What is Group Prenatal Care and how does it help women have healthier pregnancies?

Typically, a pregnant woman sees her provider for one-on-one appointments during her pregnancy.  In Group Prenatal Care, or Centering Pregnancy,  a group of 8-10 women due at the same time see their provider privately for an exam but then gather together to learn about various pregnancy related topics. Those topics may include nutrition, common pregnancy […]

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Social Determinants and Their Impact on the Pregnancies of Medicaid Beneficiaries

Social Determinants of Health are big buzz words these days but what are they and what’s their impact on pregnancy? The World Health Organization (2017) defines them as the conditions in which people are born, grown, live, work, and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national, […]

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Pregnancy Care Management: Improving Patient Outcomes

In our last blog, we discussed the problem of premature birth and maternal mortality in the United States, especially in the Medicaid population. An important strategy for managing this is providing care management services for those mothers at high risk for poor outcomes. What is care management? Care management is a set of activities intended […]

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A New Way to Help Moms and Babies: The Intersection of Computer Analytics and Care Management

When I meet someone for the first time and I tell them I’m a nurse, their next question is “Where do you work?” I’ve been very lucky in my 31 years as a nurse to have a career that has evolved into something wonderful, yet totally unexpected. The one thing that has remained constant throughout […]

The Number Of Premature Births Covered By Medicaid Is Higher Than You Think

Vulnerable groups of Americans rely on Medicaid for survival, the youngest of the bunch being premature babies. Quite honestly, the number of premature births covered by Medicaid is massive, and even greater than the number of premature births that are covered privately. If such support were to go away, it's hard to figure out how the costs would be met, how mothers would get needed help, and how their babies would be taken care of.