American for-profit managed health care system UnitedHealth has launched a new bundled payment program for maternity care to aid in supporting the well-being of moms and newborns before and after delivery by closing gaps in care and fostering healthy, full-term pregnancies. The new bundled payment program is at aimed at assisting in closing gaps in care and encourage healthy, full-term pregnancies, supporting both moms’ and newborns’ health and lessening risks of complications before and after delivery.
The UnitedHealth’s Bundled Payment Method reimburses a caregiver or healthcare organization for a defined episode of care (EOC) like prenatal, delivery and postpartum services, under a solitary charge or payment. According to the reports, it’s a move away from the commons fee-for-service method, wherein a caregiver charges for each cure, appointment or test, creating manifold claims within a single, broader episode of care. However, the Bundled Payment Program reward care providers for value over volume, assisting in lining up incentives and linking reimbursement to the delivery of coordinated, efficient care. In this regard, Janice Huckaby, who leads the UnitedHealth’s women’s health initiatives as a senior vice present and the regional chief medical officer said that “These resources can help improve access to quality, coordinated care, offering important support to women and families before, during and after delivery. Huckaby further noted that “Value-based care programs such as this help improve clinical quality, patient safety and satisfaction, and care coordination among physicians, with the goal of reducing costs.”
The bundled payment program for maternity care is part of UnitedHealthcare’s ongoing commitment to value-based care. The company, by the end of 2020, anticipates having USD75 billion in care provider reimbursements tied to value-based arrangements annually that support the health of UnitedHealthcare plan participants without charging an additional cost.