States are actively pursuing reforms to enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care services provided to pregnant women and children, according to a report released by the National Governors Association (NGA). Many state efforts involve changes in the way services are delivered and paid for to ensure better results and improve access to care.
Effect of Provider Payment Reforms on Maternal and Child Health Services focuses on state initiatives and policies that are designed to improve the provision of maternal and child health (MCH) services. Most health care reform efforts do not specifically target MCH services, but the initiatives identified in this report have the potential to reduce costs while improving outcomes for pregnant women and children.
The report examines state initiatives such as paying for good outcomes and bundling payments to providers to ensure coordination of care at a reasonable cost. These public sector reforms will have a great bearing on the provision of care to MCH services. They also focuses on how best to ensure appropriate care for vulnerable populations, including children with special health care needs.