Prenatal and Postpartum Care (PPC)

Assess important facets of prenatal and postpartum care:

  • Timeliness of Prenatal Care: The percentage of deliveries that received a prenatal care visit as a member of the organization in the first trimester or within 42 days of enrollment in the organization.
  • Postpartum Care: The percentage of deliveries that had a postpartum visit on or between 21 and 56 days after delivery.

Why It Matters

Although many women experience uncomplicated pregnancies, timely and adequate prenatal care can prevent poor birth outcomes.1 The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that a woman with an uncomplicated pregnancy be examined every 4 weeks for the first 28 weeks of pregnancy, every 2-3 weeks until 36 weeks of gestation and weekly thereafter.2 They also recommend one post-natal visit.2

Appropriate perinatal services and education are crucial components of a healthy birth. Understanding how to stay healthy is important for preventing complications that can affect the health of both mother and baby before, during and after pregnancy.

Results

TIMELINESS OF PRENATAL CARE
Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2016 85.1 76.4 81.7 -- --
2015 83.7 74.9 80.0 -- --
2014 87.5 79.6 82.4 -- --
2013 90.9 82.2 81.9 -- --
2012 89.6 80.9 82.9 -- --
2011 91.0 81.9 82.7 -- --
2010 91.0 75.7 83.7 -- --
2009 93.1 61.9 83.4 -- --
2008 92.4 55.5 81.9 -- --
2007 91.9 46.0 81.5 -- --
2006 90.6 61.9 81.2 -- --
2005 91.8 74.6 79.6 -- --
2004 90.8 -- 78.2 -- --
2003 89.4 -- 76.5 -- --
2002 86.7 -- 70.4 -- --
2001 85.1 -- 72.9 -- --
POSTPARTUM VISIT BETWEEN 21 AND 56 DAYS AFTER DELIVERY 
Commercial Medicaid Medicare
Year HMO PPO HMO HMO PPO
2016 74.1 65.9 63.7 -- --
2015 73.2 63.1 60.9 -- --
2014 76.9 68.4 61.8 -- --
2013 80.7 70.9 61.3 -- --
2012 80.1 70.0 63.0 -- --
2011 80.6 71.3 64.1 -- --
2010 80.7 65.9 64.4 -- --
2009 83.6 54.1 64.1 -- --
2008 82.8 45.8 62.6 -- --
2007 82.0 41.6 58.6 -- --
2006 79.9 46.3 59.1 -- --
2005 81.5 62.8 57.2 -- --
2004 80.6 -- 56.5 -- --
2003 80.3 -- 55.3 -- --
2002 77.0 -- 52.1 -- --
2001 77.0 -- 53.0 -- --

References

  1. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 2012. “What is prenatal care & why is it important?” www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/pregnancy/conditioninfo/Pages/prenatal-care.aspx
  2. American Academy of Pediatrics. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 2012. “Guidelines for perinatal care.”7th ed. Elk Grove Village, Illinois, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Washington, D.C.: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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