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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