Andrew Meyer, MD

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NAS in Rural America: Supporting both patients and providers leads to better health outcomes

Posted by Andrew Meyer, MD on Jun 10, 2019 1:11:09 PM

ProgenyHealth is committed to helping providers everywhere with one of the most devastating aspects of the opioid crisis: neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). With our newly updated Best Practices for Management of Infants with NAS, our clinical team has addressed major issues affecting these babies and their families. 

From 2004-2013, the incidence of NAS and maternal opioid use in the United States increased disproportionately in rural counties from 12.9% in 2003/2004 to 21.2% in 2012/20131.

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Topics: neonatal abstinence syndrome, social determinants of health

Managing Infants with NAS: How We Develop Our Best Practices

Posted by Andrew Meyer, MD on Apr 30, 2019 8:39:12 AM

In our recently updated Best Practices for Management of Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), ProgenyHealth addressed major issues affecting these babies and their families. This new document was researched and developed by the clinical team at ProgenyHealth, which includes neonatologists and pediatricians. The contents were then reviewed and approved by our Medical Advisory Board, a committee of practicing neonatologists from many regions across the U.S., to assure both scientific accuracy and consistency with current clinical practice patterns.

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Topics: neonatal abstinence syndrome, NICU population health, NICU best practices, opioid crisis

Keeping Current with Best Practices for the Treatment of Infants with NAS

Posted by Andrew Meyer, MD on Feb 4, 2019 9:56:00 AM

With our updated Best Practices for Management of Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), ProgenyHealth addresses some of the newest treatment methods, medication doses, transition of care needs, and long-term concerns for these infants.

Neonatal drug withdrawal can occur when newborn infants are exposed to medications or addictive substances in-utero or can occur following prolonged postnatal exposure.

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Topics: Blog, nas, neonatal abstinence syndrome

New Report on Premature Birth Rate Mandates Deeper Commitment, Different Approaches

Posted by Andrew Meyer, MD on Nov 13, 2018 5:18:01 PM

As we again honor World Prematurity Day on November 17th, we must also acknowledge the problem is still growing. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that the average rate of preterm birth (birth prior to 37 weeks gestation) has increased for the third year in a row. The preterm birth rate has increased from 9.6% to 9.93% between 2016 and 2017. As a result, the March of Dimes Premature Birth Rate Report Card gives the United States a disappointing grade of “C”.

Prematurity is the leading cause of death worldwide in children under five years of age. This vulnerable population is at an increased risk of long-term health problems such as: cerebral palsy, developmental delay, breathing difficulties, blindness and hearing loss.

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Topics: Blog, Prematurity Awareness Month

NAS Awareness Month Brings the Entirety of the Opioid Epidemic Into Focus

Posted by Andrew Meyer, MD on Oct 25, 2018 2:08:39 PM

October marks Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Awareness Month. NAS is the result of the sudden discontinuation of fetal exposure of a substance, typically an opiate such as methadone, heroin, or prescription opiates. It can give afflicted newborns a constellation of symptoms such as: vomiting, loose stools, high-pitched crying, irritability, inconsolability, tremors, sweating, sneezing, poor feeding, or even seizures.

Because of the opioid epidemic in the United States, the incidence of NAS has skyrocketed over the past decade. For the NICU physicians and nurses that care for such unfortunate infants on a regular basis, following best practices for NAS care is crucial.

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Topics: Blog, neonatal abstinence syndrome

World Prematurity Day Highlights Population on the Rise

Posted by Andrew Meyer, MD on Nov 15, 2017 3:04:33 PM

November 17th is World Prematurity Day. At ProgenyHealth, our mission is to improve outcomes for this vulnerable population. Prematurity (birth prior to 37 weeks gestation) is the leading cause of death worldwide in children under five years of age. Here are a few facts illustrating why prematurity remains at the forefront of population management agendas.

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Topics: Blog, care management, case management, healthcare, NICU, NICU care management, NICU case management, NICU population, preemie, premature, Prematurity Awareness Month, World Prematurity Day

Clinical Conversations Deliver Healthy NICU Outcomes

Posted by Andrew Meyer, MD on Jul 17, 2017 10:27:00 AM

When I joined ProgenyHealth as a Medical Director, one of the aspects of the job that I found most appealing was the ability to do meaningful outreach with other neonatologists across the country. Having taken care of many medically complex babies as an attending physician in a NICU for over eight years, I believe I have a good understanding of what physicians in the community are going through and the challenges they are facing.

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Topics: collaboration, neonatal abstinence syndrome, NICU collaboration, NICU population health, NICU best practices