A quiet professional genocide is occurring in the USA that impacts our country's maternal health in very real ways. Many Americans know our nation's maternal and infant health statistics are the worst in the industrialized world (and have been so for decades), but most don't know that the USA also has the lowest rate of midwife-attended births. The relationship between those figures is correlational and causational.
Starting April 1, 2013, our relationship is changing with TRICARE and their patients using TRICARE coverage. These changes affect all services billed on April 1 or later. Mothers with due dates in April or later will see large increases to their personal financial responsibility for birthing with MMC.
From Tracy... I wanted to let the Mountain Midwifery community know about some of the changes taking place at MMC and our plans for the future. I am very excited that Aubre accepted the job as Clinical Director. She is already wonderful in her role as midwife, liaison, staff-developer, and chief “cat herder.” She has the skills, savvy and desire to help move MMC forward.
Pertussis, or Whooping Cough, is a highly contagious respiratory infection. Pertussis can affect anyone, but is particularly dangerous for the very young. In Colorado, we are experiencing a serious outbreak of pertussis.
Here in Colorado, many organizations think the HMO model in Minnesota is the panacea to our state's rising health care costs and underperfoming outcomes. In MN, they know different. Managed care can only get you so far. One reason is that these HMOs tend to function like good-old-boy networks, (but instead of boys, its MDs only) and squash innovation that undermines MD dominance. So full acceptance of Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) in their care model continues to face stiff opposition. Dr.
Yay! Effective April 1, 2012, Mountain Midwifery Center is now contracted with Anthem BCBS of Colorado! This is great news for our many patients who have a Blue Cross Blue Shield of some kind (Anthem or out-of-state). We have both facility and provider contracts.
Kevin Mohatt, a Denver-area photojournalist, wrote a touching op-ed piece for The Denver Post about the frustration and victimization so many parents experience because U.S. hospitals have no regard for patient preferences and the health benefits of natural birth. Like me, Kevin feels we all need to wake-up to the real damage done.