Posts in: 2015
November is Prematurity Awareness Month and today marks World Prematurity Day, where various organizations focus the nation’s attention on premature birth. According to the CDC, last year one in every nine babies was born premature in the United States. That’s approximately 450,000 babies each year.
Premature birth is a major driver of health insurance costs. In 2007, the Institute of Medicine reported that the cost associated with medical and health care services for preterm infants was $16.9 billion, with more than 85 percent of those medical care services delivered in infancy. Comparatively, the average medical cost for a healthy baby is $4,389, but for a premature baby it jumps to $54,194. That is a considerable difference. One strategy to reduce costs is to work with a team of NICU experts who can manage the ongoing care management needs of these high risk infants and their families. At ProgenyHealth, we feel that there is a significant opportunity to simultaneously improve outcomes and reduce the costs to the health care system.
Blog, Stories from the NICU
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Through proactive, frequent communication with providers and the families of medically complex infants, quality naturally improves and costs naturally diminish
. . . this was the catalyst that inspired Dr. Stang to establish ProgenyHealth—a mission-driven organization solely focused on care management for infants who begin life in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Individualized care management is an excellent vehicle to address the values, needs, preferences, and circumstances of each family. I’d like to share a recent success story with you that celebrates the delicate balance of art and science involved in empowering families of medically complex newborns and highlights our case management program.
Blog, Breastfeeding, Stories from the NICU
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Every August, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in more than 170 countries around the globe. It is an annual reminder to improve the health of babies around the world by encouraging breastfeeding. Breast milk is the ideal food for babies. It is an amazing “brain food,” containing more than 200 ingredients that are specifically designed to provide the most ideal continue reading
Comments Off on Christmas in July: Bringing Christmas to the NICU Every Day
An amazing phenomenon occurs in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as Christmas approaches. Most neonatologists in the hospital will tell you that invariably the Average Length of Stay (ALOS) goes down by a few days. Some doctors have confirmed that, when appropriate, they even promise families that they will do their best to continue reading
Blog, Stories from the NICU
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Imagine you are barely six months pregnant and on a business trip from your home in Wisconsin to California, when quite unexpectedly you begin premature labor. Courtney, the mother in this story, delivered a baby boy weighing only 1 pound, 14 ounces at 25 weeks gestation. This presented a host of challenges that ProgenyHealth was equipped to handle. continue reading
Blog, Health Management, The Business of Health Care, Uncategorized
Comments Off on High-Risk Maternity Management is Just Half the Story
When I speak with Health Plan Executives or Medicaid Directors about managing the NICU population, their first response is often to share what they are doing to engage high-risk moms or to reduce early elective C-Sections. Certainly, any baby who is carried to full term and avoids the NICU is a “win” for all. Yet, solely focusing on reducing NICU admissions through prenatal programs misses a significant opportunity to help the costly vulnerable NICU population after birth with continuity of care. continue reading
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
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Dr. Jerry Lee
Opioid abuse has reached epidemic levels in the United States. It has crossed all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic lines, affecting all communities. The problem continues to get worse. It has been reported that Americans consume 80% of the world’s opioid supply. As illicit prescription pills are becoming more expensive, heroin abuse is resurging.
The Business of Health Care
Comments Off on Outsourcing in Healthcare is an Emotional Hurdle!
Everybody outsources! Individuals may outsource mundane jobs like lawn care, painting, or housecleaning. Businesses are more likely to outsource, without much thought, jobs that they don’t have the expertise to perform. It could include tax preparation, legal work, or medical care. Just like individuals, many companies struggle with the decision to outsource functions that require specialized knowledge because they believe they should be able to handle everything internally. Sophisticated technology development is beginning to change this type of thinking.