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Stigma, debt and legal battles: the barriers to parenthood for LGBTQ+ individuals

Monday, August 28, 2023 | Susan Torroella

While marriage equality became federal law in 2015, social stigma persists — and outdated policies, loopholes and state-level legislation complicate the path to parenthood for many LGBTQ+ individuals.

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How Aetna Medicaid outpaces the nation on maternal care for Florida's most vulnerable

Wednesday, August 2, 2023 | Jakob Emerson

In less than two years, Aetna's Medicaid program in Florida has outpaced the national average for NICU births through a partnership with ProgenyHealth, a case management platform serving mothers and their newborn children.


Aetna Unveils Program Aiding New High-Risk Mothers

Monday, July 31, 2023 | Jim McCool

Starting this August, Aetna is adding Progeny’s maternity care management program to its services for members. This will help support pregnant mothers, especially those who are identified as high-risk, in addition to babies who require NICU care after birth.

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Forecasting the lasting legacy of the Medicaid postpartum expansion | Viewpoint

Sunday, May 21, 2023 | Susan Torroella, MBA, Chief Executive Officer

By ensuring a seamless continuum of care from conception through to prenatal, delivery, and a full year postpartum, health plans and providers alike can promote the kind of proactive and preventative comprehensive care that promotes healthier pregnancies, healthier deliveries, and healthier starts to life. I’ve outlined three key areas that will be most impacted - for the better - by the recent expansions.

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ProgenyHealth’s latest key trends and insights report

Thursday, February 16, 2023 | Celeste Krewson

In the report, authors detailed vital areas for health plans, hospitals, and health care providers to observe in the next year. Worrying trends have been reported in pregnancy and childbirth, with a significant spike in maternal mortality rate seen in recent years to be 3 times greater than in other high-income countries.

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The impact of racism on maternal health outcomes

Monday, January 2, 2023 | Ellie Stang, MD, Founder and Executive Chairwoman

America's maternal mortality rate is the worst of all developed nations. There is truly no conversation about improving maternal health without health equity.

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Maternal care in its infancy in U.S

Saturday, October 1, 2022 | Linda Genen, MD, MPH, CMO

Today, we are in the infancy of maternal care. How else to explain our abysmal mortality rate, and our inability to keep it from rising, even as we watch in horror?

Why we need to achieve a full continuum of care in maternal and infant health

August 5, 2022 | Linda Genen, MD, MPH, CMO

By applying a more comprehensive maternity journey, we are able to address social determinants of health that vary by population, geography, and community – and are estimated to impact 80% of an individual’s overall, long-term health.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Ellen Stang: Pennsylvania wins for new mothers

June 13, 2022 | Ellie Stang, MD, CEO

Pennsylvania has recently cleared a major healthcare milestone. Along with 12 other states, the state leveraged funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to extend the state’s Medicaid postpartum coverage from 60 days to a full year following delivery. The funding will run for five years. Colloquially known as the “fourth trimester,” this essential healing, recovery, and bonding window is for the long-term health of both mother and infant.


A Balancing Act: Methods to Even Out Healthcare’s Quality/Cost/Equity Equation

May 17, 2022 | Ellie Stang, MD, CEO

High cost does not necessarily equal high quality, as the United States’ healthcare record proves. Despite outspending every other Organisation for European Economic Co-operation and Development country on healthcare expenditure by nearly twofold, the U.S. has the lowest overall life expectancy and the highest incidence of chronic disease, suicide, and obesity.

Giving birth in America just grew riskier. We must act now.

March 23, 2022 | Ellie Stang, MD, CEO

To protect mothers, we must invest in a culturally relevant, community-based continuum of care. We must unite policymakers, advocates, physicians, health systems, payers, midwives, doulas, and community organizations in order to develop a standardized continuum of care.

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5 Maternal, Family Benefit Trends Payers Should Watch in 2022

Feb. 9, 2022 | Nick Moran

Maternity and neonatal care company ProgenyHealth anticipates five trends will dominate the way payers cover and support mothers and caregivers.

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Is your self-insured plan headed for catastrophe?

Jan. 23, 2022 | Brian Ko, CPA, MSA

Self-insuring allows the flexibility to design individually-tailored plans for organizations and avoid unnecessary expenses, yet there are certain inevitable scenarios that can ruin even the most beautifully planned budget.

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ProgenyHealth Launches New Maternity Care Management Program

Jan. 18, 2022 | ProgenyHealth

The program provides continuous, connected support from early identification of a pregnancy through birth and postpartum stages of the parenting journey, including return to work planning.budget.

New motherhood in ‘new normal’ world

Dec. 20, 2021 | Ellie Stang, MD, CEO

When it comes to pregnancy amid a pandemic, there is no manual. Where once expecting moms could find answers to most of their questions within a copy of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” the book contains no chapter on how to navigate pregnancy and new motherhood during a pandemic.

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New motherhood in ‘new normal’ world

Dec. 20, 2021 | Ellie Stang, MD, CEO

When it comes to pregnancy amid a pandemic, there is no manual. Where once expecting moms could find answers to most of their questions within a copy of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” the book contains no chapter on how to navigate pregnancy and new motherhood during a pandemic.

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A Labor of Love: Adopting an Unbiased Approach to Addressing Maternal and Newborn Care

Nov. 23, 2021 | Ellie Stang, MD, CEO

As the pandemic continues amidst a long road to recovery, we must take the opportunity to reframe the delivery of healthcare in the U.S. to effect meaningful change. By embracing antiracist ideas and policies, providers can actively challenge deeply rooted effects of racism and bias wherever they arise, whenever they are encountered.

Employee Benefits News

Putting families first: How employers can benefit from expanding maternal care

Oct. 4, 2021 | Ann Kent

The pandemic has underscored the significant challenges working families face, but many employers have failed to make long-term changes that will alleviate some of the burdens. If these companies don’t step up to better support these employees, it will come at a heavy cost.

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On becoming the City of Motherly Love

Sep 24, 2021 | Ellie Stang, MD, CEO

Despite representing only 43% of births in Philadelphia from 2013 – 2018, Black women accounted for 73% of the pregnancy-related deaths over that five-year period. As of 2018, Philly’s infant mortality rate (IMR) mirrored the magnitude of its maternal loss. That year, the rate was 8.1 deaths per 1,000 births, vastly exceeding the national average of 5.8.

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Dr Ellen Stang of ProgenyHealth: In Light Of The Pandemic, Here Are The 5 Things We Need To Do To Improve The US Healthcare System

Sep 9, 2021 | An Interview With Luke Kervin

Mental health and physical health services are equally important and contribute to overall health and well-being. It is important to screen all caregivers for their mental well-being and moms in particular, for post-partum depression. Should there be any concerns identified, this will allow for timely interventions and support. Ensuring the mental and physical health of all moms and caregivers will allow them to be fully present and able to care for their children and families.

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Health Professional Radio Interview with Dr. Ellie Stang

July 8, 2021 | An Interview With Neil Howard

Dr. Ellie Stang, a board-certified pediatrician and founder and CEO of ProgenyHealth, a healthcare company that applies evidence-based care management solutions to improve outcomes for premature and medically complex newborns, discusses how American women die in childbirth at a higher rate than in any other developed country, social determinants of health (SDOH), and how payers can effectively manage high-cost scenarios that require specialized expertise.

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March of Dimes Welcomes Eight New Leaders to its National Board of Trustees to Fight for the Health of all Moms & Babies

July 7, 2021

Ellen (Ellie) Stang, MD is a board-certified pediatrician, and the founder, board member, and CEO of ProgenyHealth®, which addresses the need for improved care management and health outcomes for preterm and medically complex newborns.

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An Unfair Fight: How Race and Social Determinants Impact Maternal and Infant Health

June 17, 2021

ProgenyHealth, LLC, a provider of comprehensive NICU care management for premature and medically complex newborns, today announced the release of a special industry report detailing how race and social determinants impact maternal and infant health.

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Profile | Ellie Stang, MD, CEO

I knew I wanted to pursue a career in medicine from a very young age and was first exposed to HIT as a private practice physician. Our team used the EHR as an electronic repository and billing platform, but I saw the real power of technology when I moved into Medicaid managed care.

The Reaching Impact of Health Disparities

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Managed care organizations must ensure that all of their members—including their youngest—receive the most equitable start in life. | Ellie Stang, MD, CEO

Despite great advances in the U.S. medical community, lack of health equity denies too many Americans the opportunity to have as healthy a lifestyle as possible. Before a baby’s very first breath, socioeconomic factors way beyond their control will play an irrevocable role in their long-term health and well-being.

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Bias, Before First Breath

The Health Care Blog | Ellie Stang, MD, CEO

Becoming a new mother in America is more dangerous for some mothers than it should be. Each year, 700 women die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related causes in the United States, the highest number of any developed nation.

Social Determinants of Health

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Opportunities to Support Optimal Health for Children in Medicaid Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic | Linda Genen, MD, MPH, CMO

COVID-19 affects all segments of the population in the United States, including children, who experience physical, social, and emotional consequences from the pandemic.1 Given substantially higher rates of COVID-19 infections and deaths in low-income communities and communities of color, the disproportionate impact of social determinants may widen health disparities as a result of the pandemic.

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Former Leader of the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Joins ProgenyHealth Board

ProgenyHealth, LLC, provider of comprehensive NICU care management for premature and medically complex newborns, today announced the appointment of Leslie V. Norwalk to its board of managers.

This piece originally appeared on MarketWatch

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The Sky is the Limit for EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women

Launched in 2008, the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program has supported high-potential women entrepreneurs with know-how, connections, and community. Read the article here.

Ellen Stang Outcomes Rocket Podcast interview

Outcomes Rocket Podcast

Improving NICU Outcomes

Listen to Founder & CEO, Ellie Stang, discuss the past, present, and future of ProgenyHealth and share advice for fellow healthcare innovators and entrepreneurs.

Health Evolution Ellie Stang

Health Evolution Interview Series

Improving Health Infrastructure & Measuring Outcomes

Watch ProgenyHealth's Founder & CEO, Ellie Stang discuss how the industry can work to improve the health care infrastructure and the importance of selecting key outcomes to be measured.

A Healthy Dose Podcast Ellen Stang

A Healthy Dose Podcast

The Tireless, Yet Incredibly Rewarding Journey of a Healthcare Entrepreneur

Listen to Dr. Ellen Stang’s interview on this edition of the A Healthy Dose podcast, hosted by Stephen Kraus of Bessemer Venture Partners, as she discusses the origins of ProgenyHealth and the care management challenges inherent to NICU populations that the company is solving nationwide.

Bloomberg CEO Insights Ellen Stang

Bloomberg Breakaway CEO Insights

Dr. Ellen Stang was recently interviewed for the Bloomberg Breakaway CEO Insights series.
Watch the video here.

VA Premier Opts for Data Driven NICU CM

VA Premier Opts for Data-Driven NICU Case Management

Read the article published in Health Data Managment

Hidden victims of the opioid crisis

The Hidden Victims of the Opioid Crisis

Read Dr. Stang’s article published in Becker's Hospital Review.

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