What NICU Infant Dads Need to Know: Advice and Encouragement from a Three-Time Father

Posted by Jim Clarke on Jun 19, 2020 10:26:49 AM

I am blessed and proud to be the father of two boys, Jimmy (30 weeks) and Johnny (31 weeks), and one girl, Emily (26 weeks). All three were born premature and spent a combined 139 nights inpatient in the hospital NICU. Each time was an emotional roller coaster for my wife and me. Going through it once does not make the next ride any easier, whether it is one day or several months in the NICU. They each come with much fear, uncertainty, and sleepless nights. And though I received great support from hospital staff, family, and friends, being a NICU father can leave a man feeling a bit helpless. I am sharing my story to help other dads and caregivers in my situation with some insights on what to expect. 

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What Graduation Day Means to My Family: Love for National Children’s Day

Posted by Elysia Tomlinson on Jun 12, 2020 3:38:37 PM

June is the month for honoring graduates – the end of a period of focused educational effort and the beginning of a new stage in a life full of promise. Although commencement ceremonies and family parties will look much different this year, well-deserved recognitions will still happen. But there is a lesser known category of graduates who achieve so much worth celebrating, and they do so years before their first day of school: infants who spend their first days, weeks, or months of life in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). I would like to tell you my story, not just as General Counsel and Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer of ProgenyHealth, but as the mom of a NICU graduate.

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Celebrating Nurses Everywhere During National Nurses Month

Posted by Steven Richardson, MD, MS on May 8, 2020 4:00:55 PM

May 6th has long been the start of National Nurses Week, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic the event has been expanded to honor nurses everywhere for the whole month of May, 2020. ANA Enterprise (a family of organizations that is composed of the American Nurses Association [ANA], the American Nurses Credentialing Center [ANCC], and the American Nurses Foundation [ANF]), made it a month-long celebration to highlight the extraordinary work nurses are doing every day.

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Your Baby and Vaccines: FAQs for National Infant Immunization Week

Posted by Dr. Kelly Follett on Apr 28, 2020 7:15:50 AM

What would a world look like without vaccines?

Now more than ever we are seeing the benefits of having vaccines for illnesses, and scientists all over the world are hard at work developing a vaccine for COVID-19. Once a safe and effective vaccine is developed, we will be able to vaccinate many people to help eliminate the risk of another crushing pandemic.

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Topics: vaccinations, vaccines, national infant immunization week

National Social Workers Month: Celebrating ProgenyHealth’s Team of “Mom-focused” Superheroes

Posted by Madeline Szabo on Mar 26, 2020 3:36:12 PM

Navigating the stressors of a medically complicated birth can seem overwhelming, even for those that may have good health insurance and few barriers to resources. For families struggling to overcome disparities involving the social determinants of health, like lack of access to basic necessities (e.g. housing or food) or even managing addiction or mental health concerns, giving birth to a NICU baby can create further insecurities experienced by the whole family. This is where our team of social workers at ProgenyHealth play such a pivotal role in the lives of these vulnerable infants and their families, connecting them to vital local resources like food and housing, drug rehabilitation programs, and counseling services. 

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Topics: NICU, NICU case management, nurse case manager, nurse case managers, ProgenyHealth, social determinants of health, social workers, National Social Workers Month, SDOH, Social Worker

Protecting Our Newborn Babies & Young Children from Coronavirus

Posted by Ellen Stang, MD on Mar 18, 2020 7:00:05 PM

We are all facing a dynamic and challenging situation in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our families, friends, customers, employees, and communities are all dramatically affected by the impact of the virus and its impact on the global economy. During this time, we wanted to reach out and share how our ProgenyHealth case managers are helping families to keep themselves, their infants and other young children in the family healthy, as well as to share tips on how to reduce your risk of infection.

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Managing the Cost Implications of Improving NICU Infant Outcomes

Posted by Steven Richardson, MD, MS on Feb 6, 2020 10:32:46 AM

As the Baby Boomer generation ages and many begin to deal with the usual health issues that come with getting older, much attention has been placed on the costs and resource utilization of medical care for this group. Data from CMS shows that approximately 30% of all Medicare spending occurs in the last year of beneficiary’s lives, with much of that spending taking place in the 6 months just prior to death. As shown on the chart Average Health Spending by Age in the United States, published on RegisteredNursing.org, there is a dramatic upward cost trend as people age. For a moment, let’s turn our attention to the opposite end of the spectrum and examine the often overlooked high costs that can arise at the beginning of life.

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Topics: NICU population health, premature birth, NICU best practices, utilization management

Updating ProgenyHealth’s Best Practices in NICU Care

Posted by Steven Richardson, MD, MS on Jan 14, 2020 1:34:29 PM

ProgenyHealth is the only company in the United States whose sole focus is the management of the care and support of infants hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit, as well as during the important months after their discharge from the hospital.  We are privileged to work with over 1,400 NICUs across the US, with our board-certified neonatologists and pediatricians interacting and collaborating with the attending physicians and hospital-based teams to drive the best possible health outcome for each child.

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Topics: neonatal abstinence syndrome, NICU best practices

Examining the Broader Impacts of Premature Births on Families and Employers

Posted by Steven Richardson, MD, MS on Nov 13, 2019 7:45:00 AM

World Prematurity Day (WPD) is recognized each year on November 17.  It has been eleven years since it’s initiation by the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI).  Designed to act as a reminder of the human and financial costs of premature births around the world, the theme this year is one that is often the goal of medical quality improvement experts, health care administrators, payers, and medical professionals throughout the United States:  “Born Too Soon - Providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”

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Topics: NICU cost, Prematurity Awareness Month, World Prematurity Day

Social Determinants Demand Holistic Solutions in NICU Care

Posted by Felice Tucker on Sep 10, 2019 8:56:13 AM

In September, NICU Awareness Month, we want to acknowledge that many factors outside of “typical” medical conditions demand holistic solutions in neonatal care. Deficiencies in the social determinants of health can become obstacles that lead to increased risk and poor outcomes, especially within this clinically vulnerable population. Consequently, providers, payers, and caregivers must work together to identify and address these factors which can negatively impact the health status of these infants.

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Topics: Healthy People 2020, NICU care management, social determinants of health, NICU Awareness Month