If you are a health plan, Medicaid, or private insurance administrator

Get familiar with the Transforming Maternity Care Blueprint for Action

Featured Blueprint areas for purchasers:

In addition to the summary Blueprint for Action, more detail about specific challenges and recommended solutions of relevance to health professionals can be found in the Health Plans, Private and Public Payors, and Liability Insurers Stakeholder Workgroup Report (PDF).

Promote quality initiatives in purchasing/reimbursement for maternity care services

Track and report maternity quality data

Pilot incremental or comprehensive payment reform models

High priority incremental reforms and models for comprehensive reform are reviewed in the Payment Reform section of the Blueprint for Action and all five stakeholder workgroup reports. A model of comprehensive reform was presented in a 2010 TMC Topics webinar, How Payment Reform Can Lower Costs and Improve Quality, with Harold Miller.

Help beneficiaries access evidence-based resources to support informed choice

Share Childbirth Connection’s resources on the Rights of Childbearing Women and our guide to Understanding & Navigating the Maternity Care System.

Our Pregnancy Topics provide in-depth coverage of key issues, including an overview, options, best evidence, and tips & tools.  Currently, the following topics are available: