2014 Medicaid Perinatal Care Quality Improvement Initiative

The Medicaid Perinatal Care Quality Improvement Initiative is a statewide practice based project that includes an on-going evaluation of the quality of perinatal care being delivered to Medicaid-eligible pregnant women within prenatal care practices, as well as health plans.

A 2011 New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) study utilizing standard of care measures identified many strengths as well as several important clinical gaps in care and opportunities to advance prenatal care quality for Medicaid members. Study recommendations include on-going monitoring of compliance with ACOG-recommended best practices and, most notably, of key performance indicators related to those gaps. Both the NYS Standards and the Perinatal Care Study Report can be accessed at: http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/standards/prenatal_care

The NYS DOH in consultation with clinical advisers, designed a web-based data collection and reporting application to promote practice-based measurement and improvement using standardized measures through the collection of specific perinatal care data. These data will serve to inform internal quality improvement initiatives and provide a valuable component of quality oversight. If you have any questions please contact: qi@health.state.ny.