Twenty-Seven organizations with sites across the United States have received a cooperative agreement this year to implement Strong Start, Nevada selected CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care. WellHealth Women’s Specialty Care is proud to be announced as one of these organizations.
The cooperative agreement awarded is a part of the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative, which is intended to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women. Grants are managed by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.
“We’re very pleased to be recognized by CMS as a comprehensive care model for prevention of preterm birth,” said Dr. Tammy Kelly, Medical Director of Women’s Services.
More than 500,000 babies are born prematurely in the United States each year, and is an estimated lifetime cost to society of $26 billion. In a 2007 multi-site randomized controlled trial conducted by Yale and Emory researchers found that participation in CenteringPregnancy reduced the risk of premature births by 33 percent compared to traditional prenatal care. Researchers concluded CenteringPregnancy care “resulted in equal or improved perinatal outcomes at no added cost.”
Nevada’s premature birth rate is 13.2 percent; this means that one out of every seven pregnancies results in a baby being born to soon. Premature birth is the number one killer of newborns according to the March of Dimes.
The foundation of the CenteringPregnancy program is to bring together pregnant women with similar due dates to meet as a group with a healthcare provider. They receive all the components of prenatal care, including health assessment, education and support. There is facilitated discussion about pregnancy, birth and newborn care as well as overall health, stress management, and more. CenteringPregnancy is all about empowering women to become an advocate for their own health care, acknowledging that pregnancy is not an “illness”.
“We are confident this program will demonstrate excellent birth outcomes, higher patient satisfaction and improved prenatal knowledge in the Las Vegas valley,” said Tina Phyfer, APRN.
WellHealth Women’s Specialty Care is a member of the Centering Healthcare Institute and is recognized as a WellHealth Quality Care, Clinical Center of Excellence.
The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1D1-12-001 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. The contents of this news release do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies. This project does not limit a fee-for-service Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP patient’s freedom to choose a particular health care provider.
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