Catalyst for Payment Reform

Action Brief: Maternity Care Payment

Action Brief: Maternity Care Payment

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Maternity care in the U.S. has moved away from the evidence through excessive and unnecessary interventions, like medically unnecessary cesarean deliveries or early elective deliveries.

Payment reform represents a path forward.

Are you an employers or other large purchaser who is shocked by the poorer health outcomes for both mothers and their babies in the United States?  This tool is designed to help you identify and take action-oriented steps to implement maternity care payment models and other strategies that combat this trend, encourage providers to adhere to evidence-based practices, improve patient outcomes, and reduce unnecessary costs.

Updated in 2018, this Action Brief covers the following topics:

  • How purchasers can achieve higher-value maternity care through:
    • Encouraging health plans or third-party administrators (TPA) to implement maternity care episode-based payments.
    • Implementing  benefit design to steer pregnant mothers to high-value providers, like centers of excellence.
    • Educating employees and covered populations on the importance of full-term births, the health consequences of elective inductions and unnecessary cesarean deliveries, and the high-value care included in benefits offerings.
    • Pushing health plans or third-party administrators to contract with and provide full coverage for certified nurse midwives and doulas.
  • And the tools available to help employer-purchasers in the quest for higher-value maternity care.



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