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Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month

September 2017 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

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

Part I: A Mother’s NICU Story

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I hadn’t been feeling well that day, kind of achy like the flu, but I figured this was the most exhausting Christmas Break on record, and I was 36½ weeks pregnant, so it made sense that I wasn’t feeling that great. I packed lunches and took the kids to the park. I promised that if everyone came when I said it was time to leave we could get dessert on the way home. After the park and on the way home, I was completely wiped out. I asked my oldest daughter to put on a movie for the younger kids while I took a nap. All the while I was beginning to experience persistent low pressure in my back that I wasn’t going to admit was contractions. It was too early for that to be starting.

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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

At ProgenyHealth, NICU means Neonatal Intensive Collaboration Unit!

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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.

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Vaccines: Truths and Consequences

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CAUSE OF VACCINE CONTROVERSY

Today, parents and guardians are often exposed to unreliable information concerning their children’s health. Many organizations and websites that appear to be official resources for trustworthy data on vaccines, are not based on medical or scientific fact. Unfortunately, these sites often provide false information that cause public concern with regard to the safety and adverse effects of childhood immunizations. These factors have led to both delays in immunization and in some cases, outright refusals to vaccinate.

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A Safe Passage from the NICU to Home: The Importance of Health Literacy and Discharge Instructions

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Nearly half of all US adults have difficulty understanding and using health information. To the nurses at ProgenyHealth, health literacy is the ability of parents whose newborn(s) are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to attain, process, and understand health information and services needed to make informed decisions.

One issue healthcare is faced with is whether parents truly understand the discharge instructions and are able to apply the information provided to them once they are in the home setting. Taking an infant home is an anxious time for parents and limited parent/caregiver health literacy can result in increased stress and poor compliance with discharge instructions. Poor health literacy among parents can lead to increased infant mortality and morbidity along with increased cost of healthcare after discharge, especially with infants who have complex medical issues. If not appropriately prepared for discharge, limited literacy leads to increased hospitalizations, errors with medication administration, less knowledge of disease management and health promoting behaviors. Additionally caregivers are less likely to follow the discharge plan or use preventative services.

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