Helping Mom, Baby, And Your Bottom Line
Medical care for pre-term and low birth weight babies can be very costly to a health plan’s bottom line. That’s why the SmartStarts
Maternity Management program from MedCost is such a smart investment. By assigning experienced prenatal nurses to work in coordination with the services provided by an expectant mother’s physician, SmartStarts
decreases the incidence of premature birth and low birth weight and helps avoid expensive hospital stays. SmartStarts
can significantly reduce the financial impact of maternity/newborn care.
Expectant Mothers Receive Mentoring And Monitoring Throughout Pregnancy
Each expectant mother who enrolls in SmartStarts
is assigned a personal prenatal nurse and may call or e-mail the nurse whenever she has a question or concern. The prenatal nurse makes scheduled outbound calls to check on the participant at key times during her pregnancy and provides educational information on a schedule that corresponds with the needs of each trimester. If needed, the prenatal nurse can coordinate care for any admission or case management needs throughout the pregnancy. Health assessments are conducted at regular intervals throughout a participant’s pregnancy, alerting the nurses to any signs or symptoms of premature labor, pre-eclampsia, or other emerging risk factors or conditions. Participants also have access to the SmartStarts web site
, which includes information on pregnancy topics and links to other helpful resources.
SmartStarts web site
Potential High-Risk Pregnancies Are Identified Early
enrollment assessment includes an extensive medical history and helps to identify costly high-risk pregnancies early. Participants identified as high-risk receive proactive case management from a specialized MedCost prenatal nurse and are closely monitored to maximize maternity and newborn care while minimizing the costs and health risks associated with complicated pregnancies and premature births.
Our prenatal nurses average 30 years of nursing experience and include certified Lamaze instructors, Certified Case Managers, and certified grief counselors. This level of experience and specialized training make the nurses more aware of situations which might require more frequent monitoring or medical attention.