The IHI Virtual Expedition: Triple Aim Approaches to Maternal and Infant Health
will introduce the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI’s) population approach to improving maternal and infant health and care, share innovations and provide action-orientated advice for improving care delivery and health upstream for mothers and babies.
Medicaid finances nearly half of all births in the US each year. Among that population is a high prevalence of poor birth outcomes. The rate of preterm birth
Amid changes in access, payment, and delivery models, many states, communities, and organizations are developing strategies to improve care and reduce costs for Medicaid populations. However, no state or region has developed a comprehensive approach to improving health and care for pregnant women. Given the large proportion of Medicaid costs related to perinatal care and the substantial potential to reduce disparities, a focused effort on prevention in this population represents a significant opportunity for improvements in outcomes, costs, and social cohesion.
Based on the research completed to date, this Expedition offers insights and practical methods on how a community can improve health and health outcomes for women, reduce rates of preterm birth, and decrease per capita costs of care. This approach includes four key interventions that have been successful in reducing preterm birth and disparities in birth outcomes:
- Integrating substance use treatment with perinatal care
- The maternity medical home model
- Improving pregnancy intention and increasing access to effective contraception
- Peer support models, including group prenatal care
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
IHI expert faculty working in the field of improving maternal and infant health and care will share innovative models and approaches to improving the upstream care of mothers to address outcomes for women and babies. At the end of the Expedition each participant will be able to: — a major cause of excess neonatal mortality and morbidity, high costs, and family disruption — is 25 percent higher in the Medicaid population than in the commercially insured population.
This IHI Virtual Expedition is approved for a maximum of 5 continuing education credits for physicians and nurses.
- Explain the population approach to improving maternal and infant health and care
- Develop evidence-based strategies for improving the care of pregnant women and babies in their own organization, health system, community or population of care
- Describe the benefits of innovating and improving upstream care models for pregnant women, in terms of outcomes for individuals, the population and the impact on the cost of care