Solving the Geographic Challenges of NICU Infant Care Coordination: Matthew's Story

Posted by Madeline Szabo on Jun 24, 2019 11:19:02 AM

Ask any mom or family member who’s been through the experience, and they’ll tell you there’s nothing “normal” about a NICU stay, regardless of how long it lasts, or the relative health of their infant. Even when care is provided by dedicated staff at the best hospitals, the emotional roller coaster ride endures for the entire NICU length-of-stay, which can average 20+ days.

Helping both families and providers during this time (and enabling payers to provide additional benefits and expertise to support them), is critical to reducing overall system costs and ensuring each infant has the best possible chance for a healthy outcome. 

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Topics: NICU case management, preemie, social determinants of health

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

Taking-on the opioid crisis, two affected lives at a time: Embracing the mother-infant dyad

Posted by Madeline Szabo on May 15, 2019 4:04:00 PM

ProgenyHealth’s team of neonatologists, pediatric nurses, and social workers have managed over 60,000 NICU cases to-date as part of our neonatal medical management service offering. Infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) – symptoms related to opioid exposure in the womb – represent a complex and growing segment of this population. Tackling their unique challenges requires a specialized approach that supports the needs of both the mother and the baby. 

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Topics: neonatal abstinence syndrome, social determinants of health

Honoring a Special Calling During National Nurses Week

Posted by Madeline Szabo on May 9, 2019 3:46:00 PM

May 6 - 12 is National Nurses Week and this years' theme is "4 million reasons to celebrate".  Like their colleagues everywhere, our team of highly skilled nurses works tirelessly every day to support the health outcomes of the tiniest of patients: infants who are or have been in neonatal intensive care units. 

Premature and medically complex newborn cases are inherently challenging. And when broader variables such as the social determinants of health come into play, ensuring positive outcomes for both babies and families becomes exponentially more difficult. This is the challenge that ProgenyHealth's nurses embrace on a daily basis. 

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Topics: case management, social determinants of health, utilization management, National Nurses Week

Our new blog, and our renewed commitment to helping all involved in NICU infant care

Posted by Ellen Stang, MD on May 8, 2019 8:07:08 AM

Fulfilling our mission at ProgenyHealth means supporting all those who care about and impact NICU infant health outcomes. Envision a circle, with infants and families at the center, widening to encompass providers, payers, social services, and many others. This is the networked team that must work together to effectively address and overcome the difficulties inherent in managing premature and medically complex infant cases.

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Topics: NICU population health, social determinants of health, NICU best practices