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Opportunities to Improve Maternal Health Through Value-Based Payments


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Published on Mar 18, 2022

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The United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates among high-income countries, despite significantly higher spending on maternity care. Around 700 American women die each year as the result of pregnancy or its complications, and more than 50,000 pregnant women experience a life-threatening complication.

Key Takeaways

  • American women are dying at higher rates in pregnancy than women in other high-income countries, despite Americans paying far more for maternity care.
  • Value-based care programs can improve health outcomes for those who are pregnant, advance health equity, and lower health care costs.
  • Providers are increasingly engaging in valuebased care for healthier patients.
  • Congress and the Administration can take key steps now to further support the adoption of value-based care to encourage healthier pregnant people and babies.