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High-Value Maternity Networks: Designing for quality, equity, and patient experience

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High-Value Maternity Networks: Designing for quality, equity, and patient experience

March 3, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern

A free 90-minute webinar to mark the release of the Building a High-Value Maternity Network Toolkit.

Tune in to learn how the 32BJ Health Fund developed and launched its High-Value Maternity Network and accompanying Maternity Program in New York City and Northern New Jersey in July 2020. You’ll also hear a health system leader describe how this strategy benefits providers through increased volume and brand elevation.

Catalyst for Payment Reform will introduce the Building a High-Value Maternity Network Toolkit. The Toolkit offers health care purchasers resources and guidance to develop a network of high-quality, affordable maternity providers committed to patient-centered care and health equity.

Who should attend: employers, other public and private health care purchasers, consultants, health plans, health care providers, researchers, journalists, and policymakers.

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Wednesday, March 3, 1:00-2:30pm EST

  • Welcome & Introduction, Alejandra Vargas-Johnson, Catalyst for Payment Reform
  • Designing and Implementing a High-Value Maternity Network, Sara Rothstein – Director, and Jackie Meilak – Clinical Partnerships Director, The 32BJ Health Fund
  • Mount Sinai’s Perspective: Meeting the purchaser’s needs and advancing health equity through a direct contract, Lucas Pauls – Labor Health Lead, Mount Sinai Health System
  • Introducing the Building a High-Value Maternity Network Toolkit, Julianne McGarry – Director of Projects and Research, and Emma Wager – Former Projects and Research Associate, Catalyst for Payment Reform


Speakers HVMN webinar

What is a High-Value Maternity Network?

A high-value maternity network is a curated group of maternity providers in a local market, selected based on their commitment to equitable and high-quality care.  These providers are identified through a purchaser-issued RFI that asks for information on adherence to clinical best practices, quality outcomes, staffing structure and services, and willingness to accept alternative payment models. The result is a market-based solution that creates provider competition on quality and cost. It also seeks to advance racial equity in maternity care through transparency on care outcomes and patient experience.

When paired with a benefit design and communications campaign, high-value maternity networks can reduce purchaser costs and improve the quality of care for plan participants. The solution also creates avenues for continuous collaboration between purchasers and providers to achieve greater safety, affordability, and patient satisfaction.



March 3, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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