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Why should I consider a focused specialty case management program such as Pregnancy Management?
Pregnancy should be a happy time. But of the four million-plus pregnancies not voluntary terminated in the U.S. in 2011, nearly 700,000 babies were lost due to complications and stillbirths (The American Pregnancy Association). Every year in the United States:
- 875,000 woman experience one or more pregnancy complications
- 458,952 babies are born to mothers without adequate prenatal care
- 467,201 births are premature (11.7% of all births)
- 307,030 babies are born with low birth weight
- 154,051 children are born with birth defects
- 27,864 infants die before their first birthday
The National Academy of Science estimates that premature births cost at least $26.2 billion per year. According to the March of Dimes, direct health care costs to employers for premature babies during their first year averaged $41,610 compared to $2,830 for babies born healthy and full term. Costs of missed work and disability for the first year averaged an incremental $2,766 per premature baby compared to a health full term baby.
But not all the news is bad. According to the March of Dimes, in 2011, the U.S. premature birth rate dropped to 11.7 percent, the lowest in a decade. That means that thousands of additional babies are getting a healthy start in life. And Americans are saving billions in health and social costs. Best in class maternity management programs that identify potential risk factors and work with expectant mothers to help ensure a healthy delivery and baby are contributing to these positive trends.
The Positive Impact of Maternity Management Programs
Maternity management programs team a nurse with each expectant mother to reduce pregnancy-related complications for actual and potential high risk maternity participants. This improves health outcomes for both mom and baby, while reducing medical costs.
KEPRO offer a best in class maternity management program that delivers intelligent value to our clients. Our primary program goals include:
- Identifying actual and potential health risks at the earliest opportunity
- Reducing premature births
- Increasing participant awareness of signs of complications, alleviating them, and when to call the doctor
- Increasing self-management or actual or potentially identified risk factors
- Improving communication and coordination between mother and provider
- Identifying who may be at risk for (or who have developed) postpartum depression