To accelerate the movement toward maternity episode payment models, the LAN developed recommendations for maternity episode design in the Clinical Episode Payment White Paper. It also operated the Maternity Multi-Stakeholder Action Collaborative, or “MAC” from December 2016 through September 2017.  The MAC’s goal was to accelerate the adoption of maternity care alternative payment models that improve outcomes and care experience for mothers and babies, and reduce the cost of care.  The operating framework for this was the LAN’s Clinical Episode Payment White Paper maternity recommendations. Over the 10 months that the MAC was operating, there were nine virtual meetings held to provide learning and expertise on topics related to design and implementation of maternity episodes, including making the business case, selecting and using quality measures, determining services and population, developing the episode budget, working with Medicaid Managed Care organizations, and others.

The LAN developed an online resource bank – built on the Clinical Episode Payment work group design elements “wheel” – which provides a one-stop-shop for all the information and resources, including:

  • The LAN CEP white paper maternity recommendations
  • Slides, e-books, and summaries from all of the MAC virtual meetings.

Authors: Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (LAN)

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