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Social Determinants of Health – More Than Buzzwords to Us!

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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

World Prematurity Day Highlights Population on the Rise

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November 17th is World Prematurity Day. At ProgenyHealth, our mission is to improve outcomes for this vulnerable population. Prematurity (birth prior to 37 weeks gestation) is the leading cause of death worldwide in children under five years of age. Here are a few facts illustrating why prematurity remains at the forefront of population management agendas. continue reading

Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month

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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

Clinical Conversations Deliver Healthy NICU Outcomes

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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

Part II: A NICU Infant at Home – One Father’s Story

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As excited as we were to take Koby home and out of the NICU, we missed our nurses. Not only because they were good at what they do and helped keep Koby safe and alive, but they also brought my wife and me so much comfort. Having them available to talk to and encourage us was vital. At first, it was difficult without them and we felt a little extra weight on our shoulders as the reality of caring for Koby on our own set in. Having a child with special needs creates many unique challenges as parents. It was such a relief to have our ProgenyHealth Nurse Case Manager, Melissa, there as a resource to navigate any medical issues that popped up. We were able to focus on Koby and our other children, knowing Melissa would help us quickly address anything we needed. Her assistance was well timed and brought us tremendous relief. continue reading

Two’s Company and Three’s a Crowd!

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April is National Multiple Birth Awareness Month. In 2015, multiple births accounted for 3.6% of all live births. Almost half of all twins are born prematurely and/or have low birth weight; 90% of triplet, quadruplet, and quintuplet babies are born prematurely and/or have low birth weight.

As a nurse case manager at ProgenyHealth, I enjoy helping new parents of multiples work through their own challenges. I recently had the privilege of providing case management to a family with triplets. Alexander, Belle, and Christopher were born at 26 weeks and they each weighed about two pounds. continue reading

The Value of Boutiques in a Big-Box Store World

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Once upon a time, Main Street America was filled with specialty shops that reflected the unique character of the proprietors and offered us very personalized attention. When we looked for a special occasion dress the owner took pride in helping find the perfect fit and if it wasn’t available in the store, they would order it, tailor it, and give us the detailed attention we desired. The florist knew our partner’s favorite color roses and the pharmacist understood the specific health challenges of our families. Specialization and expertise at retail points of purchase are increasingly rare nowadays.

Today we enjoy the convenience of one-stop shopping at national chains that carry the same goods from coast to coast. Our time is valuable so we gravitate towards what is expedient. These mass marketers strive to cover all our needs under one roof. Their big data systems optimize the shelf space, but often I find the selection average. And while it satisfies routine purchases, it falls short when I seek something more unique and personal. For example, while wine is available in the supermarket, I prefer the guidance of the specialty sommelier who helps me better match taste and value. Big box retail stores are losing relevance, while e-commerce and specialty stores grow in appeal. continue reading

ProgenyHealth, a NICU company that was not premature!

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As we begin a New Year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the birth of ProgenyHealth and share the story behind its inception…

Ellen Stang, M.D. is a board certified Pediatrician who began her career in private practice in Bucks County, Pennsylvania – a Philadelphia suburb. After many years in private practice, Dr. Stang transitioned into the managed care industry and became a Regional Medical Director at Keystone Mercy Health Plan – one of the largest Medicaid Plans in Pennsylvania. As a Medical Director, she saw how Utilization Management and Case Management programs could make a difference in the quality, cost, and outcomes of care. She worked with nurses and social workers focused on educating members and coordinating the timely delivery of inpatient, outpatient and ancillary services. In her role, she also was part of a case management team that worked with members who faced daily challenges with many social determinants of health that directly contribute to a person’s wellbeing. continue reading

ProgenyHealth – Our Year in Review

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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

A ProgenyHealth Nurse Case Manager’s Tips for NICU Parents

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As we observe Prematurity Awareness Month, one of our nurse case managers shares her tips for parents whose babies are admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or special care nursery as a result of their premature birth or medically complex condition.

Natalie has been a Registered Nurse for 22 years and 16 of those years were spent in the NICU. Her job was to care for babies that should have been safe and growing in their mother’s womb.  Natalie recalls some preterm babies being so small that they could fit in the palm of your hand. Natalie said that it is so rewarding to help a baby born this small survive, and months later see them go home with their parents. She not only helped tiny premature and medically complex babies survive, but she also supported their families during their child’s NICU stay.  It was her passion to help these families that brought her to ProgenyHealth as a NICU Case Manager.  The NICU is a challenging, very fast paced environment making it difficult for many parents. Here are some things that Natalie learned through her many years in the NICU that she shares with families during what can be one of the most stressful times in their life: continue reading