In September 2018, the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force released its latest report on deaths occurring during pregnancy and up to 1 year following the end of pregnancy. Approximately 20% of maternal deaths occurred while the mother was pregnant or during the first 7 days after delivery! Detailed maternal death case reviews revealed that “inadequate knowledge and lack of early recognition of postpartum complication signs frequently contributed to death.”1 Recommendations by the Task Force included that improvements be [...]
Texas Health and Human Services has a new online training, available to Texas Health Steps providers, on integrating PPD screening into routine infant checkups. Texas Health Steps providers can receive separate reimbursement for conducting maternal PPD screening during an infant’s preventive medical checkup. Click here to learn more about the policy and connect with resources to help you implement it in your practice.
Maternal depression is a serious and prevalent condition that not only affects the mother, but may present a substantial early risk to appropriate child development, the mother-infant bond, and the family. According to the AAP, it has been estimated that 5 percent to 25 percent of all pregnant, postpartum, and parenting women have some type of depression. Mothers who have low incomes are more likely to experience some form of depression than the general population of mothers. A maternal [...]
RELATE DISCUSS the importance of the postpartum visit with your patient during her pregnancy DISTRIBUTE the Texas Children’s Health Plan Postpartum Checklist to your patients in the late third trimester MOTIVATE INCLUDE Texas Children’s Health Plan postpartum visit information in your practice welcome packet INFORM your patients about the Texas Children’s Health Plan value-added service they qualify for by attending their postpartum visit TRACK your appointment success rate (the percentage of your patients who get the postpartum check between 21-56 days) SET A DATE SCHEDULE the postpartum [...]
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is a non-profit organization that measures the quality of healthcare across large populations. NCQA does this through its Health Effectiveness and Data Set, also known as HEDIS. HEDIS ‘Measures’ are a set of evidence based standards that Texas Children’s Health Plan is committed to improving upon in order to provide the best care for our members. Making changes across your patient population is easier than you think! In fact, you can become a [...]
Timely prenatal and postpartum care is an important component of successful health outcomes for women and their babies, as well as a measure of quality care. Prenatal visit The first prenatal visit must be rendered in the first trimester or during the first 42 days of enrollment into the health plan to meet the standards set forth by Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). Postpartum visit In order for the visit to qualify as a postpartum visit, it must include documentation in [...]
Immediate postpartum Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) insertion refers to the insertion of an intrauterine device (IUD) in the delivery room immediately after delivery of the placenta, or insertion of an IUD or subdermal contraceptive implant prior to hospital discharge. LARCs are beneficial to subsequent maternal health outcomes as they enhance family planning and safer birth spacing. The postpartum period is a convenient opportunity to initiate LARCs, especially given the engagement of women with health care services during this time. [...]
A new resource for screening, diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression. Click here to view this helpful resource for postpartum depression: http://www.texaschildrenshealthplan.org/sites/default/files/pdf/the_texas_clinicians_postpartum_depression_toolkit%20FINAL.pdf