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A Growing Relationship: Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Direct Contract Bundled Payment Program

A Growing Relationship: Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Direct Contract Bundled Payment Program

Find out why Metro Nashville Public Schools entered into a direct contract with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Through the innovative maternity care program, MNPS pays a bundled price for high-quality care with zero out-of-pocket costs for its plan participants.

This event is part of the 2021 Webinar Series: Innovative Purchasers and Their Health Care Purchasing Strategies.

The series provides a platform for CPR’s diverse audience of benefit managers, health plans, providers, consultants, and other stakeholders to hear the stories of purchasers using their unique ability to push for big changes to the health care system. Watch the series to learn best practices directly from benefit managers and other purchaser leaders.


Recorded March 24, 2021

Thank you to our presenters, David Hines, Executive Director of Employee Benefits at MNPS, and C.J. Stimson, M.D. J.D. Senior Vice President of Value Transformation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

David kicked off the event by introducing attendees to MNPS, which buys health care for 18,000 covered lives, spending $100 million annually.  Then, he and C.J. detailed their direct contract bundled payment arrangement for maternity – which bundles everything from the first prenatal visit, enhanced services like patient navigator support, the hospital delivery, and care through three months post-partum – all with zero out-of-pocket costs for the member. Since the program launched at the beginning of 2020, the Metro Nashville Public Schools’ direct contract has incurred $3,500 savings per episode and seen a 25% reduction in cesarean deliveries, along with a high Net Promoter Score of 88.  Finally, David wrapped up by introducing the new bundles MNPS launched in 2021 and those planned for 2022 and beyond.

Are you a purchaser interested in improving maternity care for your covered population? Access CPR’s Building a High-Value Maternity Network Toolkit (Free Download)

Special offer: Get FREE access to Chapter 1 of CPR’s online education course “A Purchaser’s Guide to Direct and Semi-Direct Contracting.”

Photograph by Francesca Petringa on Unsplash.



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