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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Li J, Pesko MF, Unruh MA
Effect of the Medicaid primary care rate increase on prenatal care utilization among Medicaid-insured women.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of the 2013-2014 ACA Medicaid Primary Care Rate Increase on Medicaid-insured women's prenatal care utilization, overall and by race and ethnicity. The investigators concluded that the Medicaid "fee bump" improved prenatal care utilization for non-Hispanic Black and White women. They suggest that policymakers may consider reinstating higher Medicaid reimbursements to improve access to care for disadvantaged populations.
Citation: Li J, Pesko MF, Unruh MA . Effect of the Medicaid primary care rate increase on prenatal care utilization among Medicaid-insured women. Matern Child Health J 2019 Nov;23(11):1564-72. doi: 10.1007/s10995-019-02804-6..
Keywords: Medicaid, Primary Care, Maternal Care, Pregnancy, Women, Healthcare Utilization, Racial / Ethnic Minorities, Disparities
Cottrell E, Darney BG, Marino M
Study protocol: a mixed-methods study of women's healthcare in the safety net after Affordable Care Act implementation - EVERYWOMAN.
In this paper, the authors describe a 5-year, mixed-methods study comparing women's contraceptive, preventive, prenatal and postpartum care before and after ACA implementation and between Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states. They conclude that the findings will be relevant to policy and practice, informing efforts that enhance the provision of timely, evidence-based reproductive care, to improve health outcomes, and to reduce disparities among women. Patient, provider and practice-level interviews will serve to contextualize their findings and to develop subsequent studies and interventions to support women's healthcare provision in community health center settings.
Citation: Cottrell E, Darney BG, Marino M . Study protocol: a mixed-methods study of women's healthcare in the safety net after Affordable Care Act implementation - EVERYWOMAN. Health Res Policy Syst 2019 Jun 11;17(1):58. doi: 10.1186/s12961-019-0445-y..
Keywords: Women, Safety Net, Access to Care, Medicaid, Policy, Prevention, Pregnancy, Maternal Care, Sexual Health
Mehra R, Cunningham SD, Lewis JB
Recommendations for the pilot expansion of Medicaid coverage for doulas in New York state.
Citation: Mehra R, Cunningham SD, Lewis JB . Recommendations for the pilot expansion of Medicaid coverage for doulas in New York state. Am J Public Health 2019 Feb;109(2):217-19. doi: 10.2105/ajph.2018.304797..
Keywords: Medicaid, Pregnancy, Maternal Care, Health Insurance, Healthcare Costs, Prevention, Women, Disparities
Fowler TT, Schiff J, Applegate MS
Early elective deliveries accounted for nearly 9 percent of births paid for by Medicaid.
The authors reported the results of a perinatal project, led by the state Medicaid medical directors, that sought to coordinate quality improvement efforts related to early elective deliveries for the Medicaid population. Using data from 22 states, they found that 8.9% of Medicaid singleton births were early elective deliveries, and they therefore estimated that there are 160,000 early elective Medicaid deliveries nationwide each year. They concluded that their study offers additional evidence and new tools for policy makers pursuing strategies to further reduce the number of such deliveries.
Citation: Fowler TT, Schiff J, Applegate MS . Early elective deliveries accounted for nearly 9 percent of births paid for by Medicaid. Health Aff 2014 Dec;33(12):2170-8. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0534.
Keywords: Labor and Delivery, Maternal Care, Medicaid, Pregnancy
Palmsten K, Huybrechts KF, Kowal MK
Validity of maternal and infant outcomes within nationwide Medicaid data.
The researchers aimed to assess the validity of preeclampsia, congenital cardiac malformations, and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn diagnoses in the U.S. Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX), a database that may be useful for perinatal research. The positive predictive values were conservative, particularly when restricting to infants not transferred to another facility shortly after birth because only records from a single hospitalization were reviewed.
Citation: Palmsten K, Huybrechts KF, Kowal MK . Validity of maternal and infant outcomes within nationwide Medicaid data. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2014 Jun;23(6):646-55. doi: 10.1002/pds.3627..
Keywords: Newborns/Infants, Maternal Care, Outcomes, Medicaid