Prenatal and Postpartum Care (PPC)

Assesses 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, on the enrollment start date 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 at least once in the first trimester for prenatal care and approximately 4–6 weeks after delivery for postpartum care.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
CommercialMedicaidMedicare
YearHMOPPOHMOHMOPPO
201784.277.281.1----
201685.176.481.7----
201583.774.980.0----
201487.579.682.4----
201390.982.281.9----
201289.680.982.9----
201191.081.982.7----
201091.075.783.7----
200993.161.983.4----
200892.455.581.9----
200791.946.081.5----
200690.661.981.2----
200591.874.679.6----
200490.8--78.2----
200389.4--76.5----
200286.7--70.4----
200185.1--72.9----
POSTPARTUM VISIT BETWEEN 21 AND 56 DAYS AFTER DELIVERY 
CommercialMedicaidMedicare
YearHMOPPOHMOHMOPPO
201774.967.564.4----
201674.165.963.7----
201573.263.160.9----
201476.968.461.8----
201380.770.961.3----
201280.170.063.0----
201180.671.364.1----
201080.765.964.4----
200983.654.164.1----
200882.845.862.6----
200782.041.658.6----
200679.946.359.1----
200581.562.857.2----
200480.6--56.5----
200380.3--55.3----
200277.0--52.1----
200177.0--53.0----

References

  1. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 2017. “What is prenatal care & why is it important?” 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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