Developing Targeted Interventions to Advance Maternal Health in a Geographic Medicaid Accountable Care Organization: Lessons From the Implementation of Camden Delivers

by Margaret Hawthorne; Merck for Mothers; Molly Cherington; Natasha Dravid

Jan 18, 2017

Through the design and launch of Camden Delivers the Coalition developed targeted interventions within an ACO infrastructure to advance maternal health in a Medicaid-covered population. Key insights from this process include the need to:

* Utilize data to understand community need and design interventions around that need

* Establish a population health surveillance system to produce actionable data to intervene with a complex population

* Institute a tiered intervention system targeted to identified need, and

* Leverage and coordinate across existing resources in the community to reduce duplication.

Going forward, with the infrastructure developed by the Coalition to collect and review health data, along with the intricate web of community partners and resources, the next step in this program is to enhance feedback loops between partners and to help navigate patients seamlessly between partners during the highly fragmented experience of managing a pregnancy and healthcare during the interconception period. A formal network of communication between patients, case workers, care managers, providers and community resources through more sophisticated use of data and convening will allow us to support vulnerable patients in an even more effective manner. The Coalition looks forward to playing this convener role and working across groups to the end of better care management services and improved health for women of maternal age in Camden.