|CenteringPregnancy™ Group Prenatal Care Program Results in Healthier Babies, Lower Costs|
Study is First to Examine Savings from Value-Based Care Reimbursement of Prenatal Care Program to Medicaid Payers
The study, published in the January-
“Anthem is dedicated to the health of American families, which is why
our Foundation is a longtime champion of CenteringPregnancy through
financial support of the March of Dimes and the
The CenteringPregnancy model requires significant upfront and continuing investment from practices, including patient education materials, annual certification fees and office support staff training. Although increased costs to the practices may be small in comparison with the potential savings for payers and the overall health care system, it often remains a barrier to implementation and few payers have developed enhanced reimbursement policies to cover the cost of CenteringPregnancy.
The study examined an enhanced reimbursement pilot project from the
The study compared a group of 85 pregnant women enrolled in
The typical care model for women in the U.S. with uncomplicated pregnancies involves brief individual doctor appointments focused on identifying medical risks, with limited opportunity for counseling and support. In the Centering Pregnancy model, groups of eight to 12 pregnant women due within the same month attend sessions with an individual medical assessment followed by a 90-minute group discussion on topics including stress management, labor and nutrition. The open discussion format promotes information sharing among women, social support and the involvement of significant others.
“The value of the group model is that it engages patients in their own
health, enhances the care experience for both patient and provider, and
creates a community of support,” says
In addition to Anthem, representatives from BlueChoice Health Plan South
Anthem is working to transform health care with trusted and caring solutions. Our health plan companies deliver quality products and services that give their members access to the care they need. With over 73 million people served by its affiliated companies, including approximately 40 million within in its family of health plans, Anthem is one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies. For more information about Anthem’s family of companies, please visit www.antheminc.com/companies.
Centering Healthcare Institute is improving health by transforming care
through Centering groups. It has developed and sustained the Centering
model in more than 450 practice sites and in some of the largest health
systems in the world. They have partnered with many dedicated
individuals and organizations to build a future where group healthcare
becomes the standard of care. For more information on