Conference Call: Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns


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The CMS Innovation Center is hosting a conference call to discuss important updates regarding the Strong Start funding opportunity. Due to numerous questions and suggestions we have received from stakeholders, CMS is revising the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to respond to the important issues stakeholders have raised. CMS will extend the application deadline to allow potential applicants the time they need to develop innovative models.

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Conference Call: Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns

  1. 1. Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns: Funding Opportunity Update June 20, 2012 Seth Edlavitch, MPH Erin Smith, JD Susan Jackson, DrPH
  2. 2. Strong Start Initiative:Two Strategies to Improve Birth OutcomesThis one “Strong Start” initiative has two different but relatedstrategies:1. Reducing Early Elective 2. Delivering Enhanced Prenatal Deliveries Care A test of a nationwide public- A funding opportunity for private partnership and awareness providers, States and other campaign to spread the adoption applicants to test the of best practices that can reduce effectiveness of specific the rate of early elective deliveries enhanced prenatal care before 39 weeks for all populations approaches to reduce pre-term births in women covered by Medicaid 1
  3. 3. Delivering Enhanced Prenatal Care:Funding Opportunity OverviewCooperative agreement funding opportunity for:Providers, states, managed care organizations, andconveners.• Test evidence-based approaches to delivering enhanced prenatal care that improves health outcomes for mothers and infants in Medicaid. – Specifically interested in reducing preterm births. 2
  4. 4. Delivering Enhanced Prenatal Care: Initiative DescriptionThree models: All of the approaches will share common elements including case management, counseling, and psychosocial support, and will be delivered in addition to the standard prenatal care: 1. Centering/Group Care – Group prenatal care that incorporates peer- to-peer support in a facilitated setting for three components; health assessment, education and support. 2. Birth Centers – Comprehensive prenatal care facilitated by midwives and teams of health professionals including peer counselors and doulas. Focus includes building relationships with patients. 3. Maternity Care Homes – Enhanced prenatal care at traditional prenatal sites expanding access and continuity, care coordination, and content. 3
  5. 5. Delivering Enhanced Prenatal Care: Funding Opportunity UpdatesThe Strong Start initiative maintains the goal of reducingprematurity through enhanced prenatal care models.Updates: • CMS is revising the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in order to address stakeholder issues. • The revised FOA will be released as soon as possible. • CMS will extend the application deadline and provide applicants with an opportunity to respond to the revised FOA. • Letters of Intent (LOI) will no longer be required in order to apply. 4
  6. 6. Delivering Enhanced Prenatal Care: Funding Opportunity UpdatesWe are committed to the goal of a diverse and competitiveapplicant pool.• Extending the deadline will help us reach our evaluation needs of 90,000 women under the care of the 3 enhanced prenatal care models.• Optional LOIs allow us to address the barriers to submitting an LOI, and opens the application process to all eligible applicants. 5
  7. 7. Questions?Additional information available on CMMI website: Project email: 6