Timely postpartum visits for low-income women: A health system and medicaid payer partnership

Elizabeth A. Howell, Amy Balbierz, Susan Beane, Rashi Kumar, Tom Wang, Kezhen Fei, Zainab Ahmed, José A. Pagán

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A health care system and a Medicaid payer partnered to develop an educational intervention and payment redesign program to improve timely postpartum visits for low-income, high-risk mothers in New York City between April 2015 and October 2016. The timely postpartum visit rate was higher for 363 mothers continuously enrolled in the program than for a control group matched by propensity score (67% [243/363] and 56% [407/726], respectively; P < .001). An innovative partnership between a health care system and Medicaid payer improved access to health care services and community resources for high-risk mothers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S215-S218
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue numberS2
StatePublished - Jul 2020


  • Adult
  • Cost Sharing/methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Managed Care Programs
  • Medicaid/economics
  • Motivation
  • New York City
  • Patient Education as Topic/methods
  • Postnatal Care/economics
  • Poverty
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, High-Risk
  • Tertiary Care Centers
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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