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Partnering with Care Providers to Improve Maternal Health

May 2023
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Medicaid programs, care providers, and managed care plans are actively strategizing how to improve maternal health. Supporting obstetric care providers by sharing more detailed metrics and implementing value-based care (VBC) models are two mechanisms to transform maternal care.

Many VBC programs exist to improve quality in the delivery of maternal care, however, stakeholders and experts have noted challenges such as lack of data available to care providers or putting too much financial risk on care providers. Managed care plans can reduce or mitigate many VBC challenges in maternal care through offering additional resources to obstetric care providers and implementing evidence-based quality incentive programs.

This analysis demonstrates that when obstetric providers access specialized health plan resources and participate in quality improvement initiatives through VBC, there are favorable impacts across prenatal care and delivery, infant outcomes, access to care, and costs.


  • Maternal Health in Medicaid
  • Care Provider Support and Quality Improvement in Maternal Care
  • Evaluation of Obstetric Care Provider Initiatives
  • Discussion and Lessons Learned

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