As Covid wanes, lawmakers are considering permanent expansion of pandemic era reimbursement codes; and health systems face competition from new care models taking on capitated risk. Questions of health equity continue to dominate the healthcare industry, and experts push for Medicaid expansion to reduce disparity.
The Black Maternal Health Caucus unveiled the Momnibus Act last week, a legislative package of 12 standalone bills targeted to address maternal health disparities for Black mothers and other mothers of color. Covid concerns continue to keep the spotlight on virtual care as industry professionals weigh the benefits of remote monitoring and digital tools for enhancing maternal health outcomes during the pandemic and beyond.
As we welcome a new administration to the White House, the maternal health field is hopeful for a future where maternity issues take a primary position in Congress. A story from our backyard in Washington DC shows how far we have still to go in advocating for maternal health policy.
Plus, a new section in our roundup brought to you by Babyscripts Senior Medical Director, Dr. Lauren Demosthenes - check out the Consumer Corner!
The new year has brought with it an onrush of predictions about digital health in 2021, while the new coronavirus vaccine has raised questions about whether health systems will continue to invest in digital health post-pandemic. Venture capitalists are putting their dollars and confidence into digital transformation, and digital healthcare startups are navigating the new normal.
As digital health becomes standard in the delivery of care, industry leaders discuss concerns around interoperability and data sharing, and maternal health professionals consider the implications for restructuring pregnancy care. The new Covid vaccine continues to raise questions around safety and efficacy for pregnant moms, and as the end of the year approaches the field looks forward to digital health in 2021.
The new coronavirus vaccine has dominated the news cycle this week, with the maternal health community questioning its efficacy and potential harm to pregnant women, and whether or when they will be in line to receive it. Mental health continues to be major concern for the maternal population, especially as the weather gets cold and the holidays approach. Plus, exciting news from Babyscripts!
In the news this week, industry professionals consider the role and reach of digital tools as they become a standard part of the care landscape. Racial disparities in maternal health care continue to be a major area of concern, and new policies are released to target poor outcomes in maternal health.
Mental health issues are on the rise in the midst of the pandemic, and now exacerbated by the onset of colder months and the holidays. Pregnant women, especially low-income and minority mothers, are at higher risk for mental complications, as new studies show. Industry players weigh the value of telehealth to manage mental health, and predict what telehealth will look like in the new year.
A constantly-evolving understanding of COVID-19 and its implications for pregnant women has kept the pandemic at the top of the maternal health news cycle. With the onset of colder months and a predicted second wave, industry leaders weigh the benefits of virtual care for maternal health and new pathways for reimbursement. New studies reveal an increase in hypertension complications in pregnancy and barriers of access to care.
PLUS, a conversation with Sean Chen of Philips about digital health investment, including why Philips invested in Babyscripts.
In the news this week, industry professionals weigh the benefits and barriers of digital health and discuss opportunities for reimbursement. The FDA moves forward with its plans for advancing digital health, and new guidelines are released to manage pregnancy and the opioid crisis.