Legislative Issues on Premature Babies

Tennessee likely to cut program that monitors preemies

Since taking office almost three years ago, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has mandated 5 percent annual cuts in the state's budget. And those ongoing cuts may now affect a critical program that pays hospitals to care for perinatal patients.

Click here to learn more.

[Return to Top]

State Policy and Improving Maternal and Child Health Services

Effect of Provider Payment Reforms on Maternal and Child Health Services explores state policy activities to reduce costs while improving maternal and child health outcomes. In particular, this paper from the National Governors Association addresses reforms that have the potential to significantly improve outcomes for vulnerable populations such as children with special health care needs and women of color. Policy innovations described in the paper include medical and health homes, quality-based payment incentives, bundled payments for episodes of care, and accountable care organizations.

Click here to learn more.

[Return to Top]

Reducing Preterm Births in Illinois: Prematurity Task Force Report

With a renewed national focus on prematurity by public health organizations, and the severe global toll of preterm birth, the Illinois General Assembly recently passed House Joint Resolution 111. The resolution stipulated that the Perinatal Advisory Committee of the Illinois Department of Public Health submit a written report providing findings and recommendations concerning the reduction of preterm births in Illinois. The report was intended to raise the awareness of policy makers, advocacy groups, providers, and the public about this serious problem, and to recommend proven strategies to move Illinois towards the reduction of premature births. The Perinatal Advisory Committee outlined seven recommendations with background, rationale, and required actions.

Click here to learn more.

[Return to Top]

preemie baby

Hospital Discharge and Follow-Up Care for Premature Babies

Advocates seek to improve the continuity of care of premature infants from discharge to the community pediatrician. Key legislative initiatives include promoting state Medicaid focus on premature infant care by:

  • Facilitating the state’s review of existing hospital discharge and follow-up care procedures and taking steps to improve and standardize processes that support patient tracking and compliance with care
  • Reporting of premature infant re-hospitalization rates and causes
  • Supporting the CMS Neonatal Outcomes Improvement Project

[Return to Top]

State Prematurity Task Forces Encouraged

To establish standards of care for premature babies, make recommendations on hospital discharge policies and care follow-up, and urge hospitals to report re-hospitalizations of premature babies.

[Return to Top]

Adequate Reimbursement and Prior Authorization

Ensuring patient access by adequately reimbursing providers and specialty care pharmacies for their products and services and by removing cumbersome prior authorizations is critical to reducing barriers for this fragile patient population.

[Return to Top]

Useful Information
See Our Advocacy Resource Guide View Tips on Caring for Preemies Sign up for email alerts Join an advocacy network near you
PreemieVoices on Flickr