Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
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Preventing Prematurity: Opportunities for Health Plans

April 13, 2010 | 09:00 AM
10:30 AM ET

Over the past two decades, the rate of preterm births has increased by 36 percent with preterm births now accounting for 12.5 percent of all live births. Contributing to this increase is a rise in elective inductions and cesarean deliveries prior to 37 weeks gestation, despite evidence and guidelines recommending against elective deliveries before 39 weeks without clinical indication. Preterm births are both emotionally and financially costly, taking a toll on the family and resulting in high direct health care costs due to longer hospital stays and hospital readmissions. This webinar will bring together health plans and leaders in the maternal and child health community to share innovative programs and explore strategies to reduce preterm birth and the associated costs.

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Speakers

Alan R. Fleischman
March of Dimes
R. Rima Jolivet
Childbirth Connection
Paul Meyer
Voxiva
Tina D. Groat
UnitedHealth Network
Calvin Anderson
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Presentation Slides

The Challenge of Preventing Late Preterm Birth
Transforming Maternity Care, Blueprint for Action
Text4baby: Innovative Strategies for Health Plans to Get Involved in the Largest National Mobile Health Program Part 1
Text4baby: Innovative Strategies for Health Plans to Get Involved in the Largest National Mobile Health Program Part 2
United Healthcare Strategies to Prevent Prematurity
Models to Impact Low Birth Weight and Infant Mortality

Additional Resources

  • To view the stakeholder reports and Blueprint for Action, click here.
  • For more information on Text4Baby, visit the website here.