National Prematurity Awareness Month: Celebrating Successes from a Few of Our Own

Posted by ProgenyHealth on Nov 10, 2020 5:11:57 PM

November is National Prematurity Awareness Month – a time to recognize the 1 in 10 babies who are born preterm – nearly 400,000 babies each year in the United States.

Even though premature babies miss out on some of the growth and development that happens in the final weeks of gestation, advances in medical science and care support increase the odds that they will live full, productive, and healthy lives.

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Topics: Blog, NICU, ProgenyHealth, Stories from the NICU, Testimonials

Maintaining Routine Vaccinations and Healthcare for Kids During COVID-19

Posted by Linda Genen, MD, MPH on Nov 6, 2020 3:37:33 PM

According to CMS, routine medical care for low-income children declined sharply during the March to May shutdown – a trend that could cause long-term harm if not reversed. The agency found that vaccinations, screening for childhood diseases, visits to the dentist, and even mental health had plummeted.

Even though school and business activity are slowly returning to normal, healthcare schedules do not show the anticipated uptick after such a shutdown.

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Topics: Blog, immunizations, pediatrics, vaccinations, covid-19

Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2020

Posted by Linda Watt on Aug 13, 2020 1:21:50 PM

Every year, the recognition of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month1 seeks to educate moms on the importance of breastfeeding, and empowering them to commit to breastfeeding their children – a practice the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says improves the health and wellbeing of both mother and baby. At ProgenyHealth, we recognize the critical role that proper breastfeeding education and support plays in the lives of our NICU families. Our case managers are dedicated to ensuring that our moms have the proper connections to resources, education, and supplies for breastfeeding and nutrition.

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Mitigating Medicaid Costs During Surging Enrollment: COVID-19 Impact

Posted by Ann Kent on Jul 28, 2020 1:14:12 PM

Despite the gradual reopening of the economy, over 21 million Americans are still unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as states reopen, millions of people who have lost their employer-sponsored health coverage are turning to Medicaid.

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Understanding the True Costs of NICU Care: Overlooked Variables That Could be Skewing Your Data

Posted by Jeremy Kreyling on Jul 8, 2020 2:52:07 PM

Infants admitted to a hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are understood to be those born prematurely or with medical complexities, warranting care that, by definition, is more intensive and also more costly than that provided to a healthy newborn. However, accepting the accuracy of this scenario may lead to a significant misinterpretation regarding your NICU population. Specifically, what happens to your analysis when the care of healthy newborns is being billed as NICU services?

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Topics: NICU care management, NICU cost, NICU length of stay

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

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