Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) cases make up a small portion of total births, but when they hit, they hit hard. They can trigger catastrophic stop-loss claims, rack up life-changing bills, and upset the work-life routine. In the U.S., more than 75% of expectant mothers plan to go back to work after giving birth, but once the baby comes home, 43% of them end up leaving their careers.
Bonding with a newborn after delivery is more than a sacred maternal rite of passage. Those first moments and the days that follow the delivery form a strong attachment between newborns and parent(s) or primary caregiver. Even when medical care interrupts this bonding process, smiling faces establish a deep human connection for the infant to feel she is welcome in this world.
As an organization offering self-insured options to employers, you likely manage some mix of provider networks, quality of care, utilization management, case management, health care analytics, plan administration and more. But what if one of your clients faced a premature or medically complex birth? Do they have access to specialized NICU Care Management?
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