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Blog, The Business of Health Care
Comments Off on Social Determinants of Health – More Than Buzzwords to Us!
While 2017 brought growth at ProgenyHealth in the traditional sense – more clients, more NICU cases, and more employees – it also brought with it a redefined focus of how to truly impact the health and welfare of the NICU infants and their families to whom we provide care coordination services.
The effect of social determinants on health was a theme resonating throughout the managed care industry and with the majority of our clients in 2017. The World Health Organization describes the social determinants of health (SDOH) as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live and age – and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life.” As we worked to learn more about our customers challenges, we re-examined how our teams inquire about and address the social health determinants. continue reading
Blog, The Business of Health Care
Comments Off on ProgenyHealth’s Quality Focus Delivers Results
In business, engineering and manufacturing, quality has a pragmatic interpretation as the non-inferiority or superiority of something; it’s also defined as fitness for purpose. Quality is a perceptual, conditional, and somewhat subjective attribute and may be understood differently by different people. In healthcare, we deal with people’s lives, not tangible things so the definition changes. The Institute of Medicine defines health care quality as “the degree to which health care services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge.”
ProgenyHealth has a quality management (QM) program, the purpose of which is to ensure that our team, interacting with clients and our client’s members uses a coordinated, integrated and comprehensive approach to address preventive and clinical care, while ensuring safety and access to services for all client’s members. continue reading
Blog, Stories from the NICU, The Business of Health Care
Comments Off on Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month
September is Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness month, an observance designed to honor families experiencing a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and the health professionals who care for them. In honor of this, we have dedicated the September Blog to the families who have received NICU care coordination services from ProgenyHealth over the past decade.
ProgenyHealth works with providers and families coordinating the care of thousands of infants admitted to the NICU each year. Partnering with health plans across the United States, ProgenyHealth’s team of physicians, NICU nurses, pediatric nurses, and social workers is improving the health outcomes of these medically fragile infants one baby at a time. To illustrate, we share a story of one of our recent cases….. continue reading
Comments Off on Lactation Expertise Serves NICU Families
The anticipation of a baby’s birth is an exciting time for many people. The mother-to-be is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the newest family member and has given some thought about how she will feed that child. Many mothers choose to breastfeed so that their baby can receive the numerous advantages of breastmilk. When a baby is sent to the NICU, many of the things that a mother anticipated are taken away: skin to skin holding immediately following delivery, breastfeeding early, and spending every moment getting to bond with the baby. The NICU is a frightening place and the mother sees her baby in this complex medical environment, feeling somewhat helpless. Pumping milk is the only thing that she can “do” for her baby as she watches the various caretakers provide the care that she feels she should be providing for her baby. Studies show that establishing a milk supply and eventually establishing a breastfeeding relationship helps a mother establish her role and view herself as a “good mother” which may be a factor for higher sensitivity and secure attachment to the baby. continue reading
Blog, Health Management, The Business of Health Care
Comments Off on Clinical Conversations Deliver Healthy NICU Outcomes
Andrew Meyer, MD
When I joined ProgenyHealth as a medical director, one of the aspects of the job that I found most appealing was the ability to do meaningful outreach to other neonatologists across the country. Having taken care of many medically complex babies as an attending physician in a NICU for eight years, I feel like I can understand what physicians in the community are going through and the challenges they are facing.
One of the best opportunities for engaging with these physicians comes when we at ProgenyHealth partner with a new client. This provides a chance to connect with physicians, and to discuss how their practice patterns can synergize with ProgenyHealth guidelines to improve patient outcomes. These physician-to-physician discussions form a solid foundation from which trust and working relationships are formed. continue reading
Blog, The Business of Health Care
Comments Off on ProgenyHealth – Our Year in Review
The beginning of a new year is always a great time to consider where we have been and where we want to go. Before we jump into what we want for the future and those New Year resolutions, we should pause and celebrate all that we accomplished during the past year. ProgenyHealth enjoyed much success in 2016.
We experienced outstanding growth in several areas of our business: clients, infrastructure, and workforce. We added new clients and expanded existing client accounts by managing the health and wellbeing of many more NICU babies. Our most recent additions have included health plans in Massachusetts, South Carolina, Michigan, and Hawaii. continue reading
Blog, Stories from the NICU
Comments Off on NICU Dad Pays-“IT”-Forward
Author: Jim Clarke, Senior Manager of Information Technology
As we approach Father’s Day this weekend, I pause to reflect on how blessed I am to be the father of two happy, healthy toddlers; Jimmy (age 4) and Johnny (age 3). The boys are always full of surprises, however, the biggest surprise as a [soon-to-be] parent was having experienced the NICU not once, but twice. continue reading
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Comments Off on At ProgenyHealth, NICU means Neonatal Intensive Collaboration Unit!
What is collaboration? Wikipedia defines it as the process of two or more people or organizations working together to realize shared goals. Central to successful collaboration is identification of a common purpose, the shared goal that everyone on the team is working towards.
At ProgenyHealth our mission clearly defines that common purpose:
With passion and a singular focus, we improve the health outcomes of premature and medically complex newborns through provider collaboration and parental engagement.
From the moment a newborn is referred to ProgenyHealth, the family is surrounded by dedicated health care professionals whose focus is supporting them through this difficult time while maximizing their newborn’s health outcomes. This is accomplished through directing the efficient use of clinical resources in a manner that promotes quality health care.
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, Breastfeeding, Stories from the NICU
Comments Off on The Important Role a Lactation Consultant Plays in Helping Mother-Baby Pair in the NICU
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