Maternity care bundled payment model recognizedSep. 1, 2022, 8:48 AM
by Paul Govern
Vanderbilt Health’s bundled payment model for maternity care, MyMaternityHealth, is among 14 initiatives recognized as KLAS Points of Light 2022 by KLAS Research, a health care information technology consultancy based in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
As detailed in a case report by KLAS, MyMaternityHealth has received high patient satisfaction scores, has provided large cost reductions for employers while increasing market share for Vanderbilt Health, and has led to a decrease in C-section rates.
The company’s annual Points of Light awards recognize health care payers, providers and IT vendors who have partnered together to reduce costs and inefficiencies and improve the patient experience. KLAS recognized Vanderbilt Health together with Metro Nashville Public Schools, which piloted the maternity care payment model from the payer side, and Cedar Gate Technologies, a health care analytics company based in Greenwich, Connecticut, which acted as a go-between with Metro’s third-party insurance administrator and Vanderbilt Health.
MyMaternityHealth is among an initial set of five bundled payment models, called MyHealth Bundles, now offered by Vanderbilt Health, with more on the way.
“MyHealth Bundles offer a unique opportunity for employers to provide an unprecedented level of support for their employees during what can be vulnerable and stressful health care experiences,” said C.J. Stimson, MD, JD, chief medical officer of the VUMC and Vanderbilt University employee health plans and senior vice president of value transformation in the Office of Population Health.
“Bundled payments throw out the traditional insurance payment rules that get in the way of patient-centered care. Without these restrictions, Vanderbilt Health providers are free to redesign the clinical and service experience in a way that is 100% focused on maximizing patient outcomes and satisfaction. VUMC’s bundled payment program makes it so much easier to deliver a better patient experience.”
MyMaternityHealth was also appraised in a recent report from HealthLeadersmedia.com. While the KLAS Points of Light awards and case studies are not public, health care employees can view them for free by registering on the KLAS Research website.