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  • <Group blasts maternity care shortage>
    copy of the letter which addresses an issue I wrote about in August Access to prenatal care in the Norristown area was hampered when Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton closed its maternity ward and obstetrical clinic in February Officials with Montgomery Hospital Fornance and Albert Einstein Healthcare Network which is teaming up with Montgomery to build a new hospital in East Norriton have been in discussions with the Delaware Valley Community Health which runs the Norristown Regional Health Center about ways they can work together to improve access to prenatal and OB services So far those talks haven t led to any answers with funding proving to be a stumbling block That s what has the Maternity Care Coalition upset The letter penned by Letty Thall the coalition s public policy director states It has now been nine months three trimesters since Mercy Suburban Hospital closed its maternity unit giving the minimum state mandated notice of 60 days This has left only Montgomery Hospital and its medical staff known as the Fornance Physicians providing prenatal care for the approximate 1 500 women who give birth in Norristown annually It has not been easy There has been a tremendous negative impact on both the families in Norristown and the medical staff that doubled its workload This situation has come full term and we re left wondering if anyone cares Women have to wait a full 11 weeks a third of a pregnancy for an initial prenatal care appointment Waiting a full trimester for initial care is completely contrary to accepted standards of care and increases the risk of serious health problems for mothers and babies How can women receive timely prenatal care to ensure that babies are healthy and strong Thall urged the hospital and physician group to make several

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  • <Baby blues in Norristown>
    clinic has grown to 11 5 weeks according to the Maternity Care Coalition a Philadelphia based advocacy group dedicated to improving maternal and child health We find it distressing said Letty Thall the coalition s public policy director That is a full trimester I don t think anybody would think that is good clinical care A plan being considered would see Delaware Valley Community Health which runs the Norristown Regional Health Center in central Montgomery County taking over operation of a prenatal clinic Montgomery Hospital operates for uninsured local women In addition DVHC would recruit a few obstetricians who would work with doctors at Montgomery Hospital to provide OB services DVHC and Montgomery Hospital along with representatives from Albert Einstein Healthcare Network the Montgomery County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Health have held a series of meetings this year to discuss how to implement such an arrangement Einstein is involved because the health system is working with Montgomery Hospital on a 350 million medical center being built in neighboring East Norriton The new hospital set to open in September 2012 with an expanded OB unit will replace the aging Montgomery Hospital To date those talks have failed to yield any final solution Another meeting is set for next week The concept has been well received by all the parties the question has been how are we going to pay for it said Bill Ryan director of government relations for the Einstein network Ryan said that under the plan DVHC would incur several hundred thousands of dollars in costs Patricia Deitch DVCH s president and CEO said funding is a problem Montgomery Hospital brought us to the table and asked if we d be willing to help with the outpatient part of it Deitch said We said yes but it s complicated You have to find space and hire people Deitch said DVHC has space on the third floor of its new offices in Norristown but that space would cost about 1 million to renovate We don t have that money she said Meanwhile Montgomery Hospital blamed the economic burden of being central Montgomery County s only maternity services provider as a key reason it had to lay off about two dozen workers this summer The increase in births is going to be a significant fiscal drain in the current fiscal year said Peter Scattergood a Montgomery Hospital vice president who said the medical center loses between 2 000 and 3 000 per birth Everybody is losing money on maternity services whether the patients are covered by private or public insurance Scattergood said Mercy Suburban was not the only hospital in central Montgomery to recently get out of the baby delivery business Lansdale Hospital part of Abington Health consolidated its OB program at Abington Memorial Hospital in 2009 Montgomery Hospital was also affected by Chestnut Hill Hospital closing its OB unit in late 2008 Scattergood said We actually added some staff from Chestnut Hill after the Northwest Philadelphia hospital

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  • <Reform is a maternal instinct federal health reform and maternal child health>
    different aspects of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act It s really critical for Pennsylvania Thall said of the reform We are one of two or three states where pregnancy is a pre existing condition While insurers are no longer able to cite pre existing health conditions for children as part of coverage decisions pregnant women or women who had prior caesarean sections can still until 2014 be denied insurance coverage That s also when insurance companies will have to stop charging higher premiums based on gender including the areas of maternity care behavioral health and infant care Come January the new reform requires insurers to cover women s preventive care and screenings without co pays One of our issues is that if women aren t able to afford health care coverage they can t afford extra funds for maternity care Thall said The Association of Maternal Health just released 39 pages that address maternal and child health in the health care reform measure according to Thall It includes provisions that impact maternal and child health issues such as breastfeeding maternal depression and the pregnancy assistance fund to help provide needed services and support With the reform enactment on March 23 employers with more than 50 workers are required to permit break times for lactating employees to pump or to feed their infants While it was effective immediately the regulations are being written by the Department of Labor We hope to see them this summer Thall said The reform also compels states to develop and implement maternal infant and early childhood home visitation programs and to provide 15 million to the National Institute for Mental Health over five years for study of support services and education that would benefit wellness for moms and their infants It also provides

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  • <Keystone Mercy, Crozer-Keystone agree to new contract>
    KMHP patients and their families We are very pleased that we will be able to continue providing care to our patients said Crozer Keystone Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Kathy Scullin The health system and the Medicaid managed plan provider had been at odds over reimbursement rates Last month when they announced the April 30 contract expiration Keystone Mercy officials said they were losing more than 1 million a month with their current Crozer Keystone contract Crozer Keystone officials said if they agreed on the 12 million decrease in reimbursements the insurance company was demanding the health system would be placed in a dangerous financial position In order to secure this agreement Crozer Keystone Health System is absorbing a 9 million reduction in our current rates said Scullin The current contract between Crozer Keystone Health System and Keystone Mercy Health Plan was extended for a year from December 2008 to December 2009 and has since been extended on a monthly basis We continued intense good faith negotiations because we are deeply committed to serving everyone in our communities especially low income residents who rely on the physicians and hospitals of the Crozer Keystone Health System for their primary access to quality health care said Scullin She noted that Crozer Keystone executives are now in discussions with two other medical assistance managed care providers Coventry Cares and Aetna Better Health We are very pleased to have reached this agreement It is a win win agreement for us for Crozer Keystone Health System and especially for the Medicaid recipients in Delaware County Keystone Mercy Health chief medical officer Dr Jay Feldstein said on Friday afternoon Keystone Mercy serves about 9 600 medical assistance patients who have Crozer Keystone primary care physicians and 2 200 whose doctors have admitting privileges only at Crozer Keystone hospitals About 26 000 patients would have been affected by the Keystone Mercy contract expiration judging from those who have used a Crozer Keystone specialist or hospital in the last year Crozer Keystone includes Crozer Chester Medical Center in Upland Delaware County Memorial Hospital in the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park Community Hospital in Chester and Springfield Hospital On Thursday Feldstein said that while the insurance company was in negotiations with Crozer Keystone Keystone Mercy representatives contacted or responded to more than 11 400 members through phone calls and door to door outreach to help them switch to new providers He noted that about 3 700 Keystone Mercy members reliant on Crozer Keystone physicians had already switched to new doctors Keystone Mercy members may change their primary care practitioner at any time by calling the member services department at 1 888 765 6354 Other Delaware County hospitals that have contracts with Keystone Mercy are Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby a part of Mercy Health System and Riddle Memorial Hospital in Middletown a part of Main Line Health System Keystone Mercy also has contracts with health systems in surrounding Philadelphia Montgomery and

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  • ChildbirthPastNews
    08 2 More Area Maternity Units to Close Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville and the former Central Montgomery Medical Center in Lansdale will close their maternity units Since 1997 17 maternity units have closed in Southeastern Pennsylvania 09 06 08 City Eyes Closure s Effect on OB Care The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the 15th maternity unit closure in 11 years and the debate on regulating access to maternity services 09 04 08 Maternity Ward Closes MCC s Deputy Director Bette Begleiter speaks with 6 ABC on the devastating closure of Chestnut Hill Hospital s OB unit 04 04 2008 Delivery of Aid for OB Units John George of The Philadelphia Business Journal looks at the OB crisis in Northeast Philadelphia and the state funds distributed to stop OB unit closures 02 21 2008 Constituents Connect Pols on NE Childbirth Crisis The Public Record covers constituents calls to Northeast legislators to address the childbirth crisis 02 07 2008 Addressing the Maternity Care Crisis Diane Prokop further explores the community needs expressed to legislators in Northeast Philadelphia 02 05 2008 Fight for Maternity Care Continues Local group politicians seek solutions The News Gleaner describes the event between constituents Northeast legislators and the Greater Northeast Chamber of Commerce 01 31 2008 A Call for Better Access to Maternity Care in Northeast Philadelphia John George outlines constituents calls for a birthing center and financial solution to the crisis in NE Philadelphia 01 31 2008 Advocates Demand Maternity Care in Northeast Inquirer staff writer Stacey Burling announces the delivery of postcards to Northeast legislators asking them to help bring services back to the community Back to Top 2007 12 20 2007 NE Maternity Care Scarce The Public Record outlines solutions to dwindling maternity services brought up at the NE Town Hall Meeting by residents and healthcare providers of Northeast Philadelphia 12 20 2007 Hospitals should have a Heart for Babies too Sue Rosenthal Chair of Community Board of Health Care Center 10 and MCC submit letter to the editor on the growing number of new cardiac care centers while ob units continue to close 12 06 2007 Babies on Board Diane Prokop describes the frustration of families and providers over the loss of 373 OB beds at the Northeast Philadelphia Town Hall Meeting 11 29 2007 Seeking to Solve the Maternity Crisis in NE Philadelphia 6 ABC local News covers the Town Hall Meeting on closing ob units 11 01 2007 NE Session to Explore Maternity Crisis Left without a nearby OB unit Diane Prokop reviews the crisis in Northeast Philadelphia The article announces the November 29th Northeast Philadelphia Town Hall Meeting organized by MCC to discuss community OB needs and create plans of action 09 27 2007 City Health Crisis It s getting tougher to deliver babies The Public Record covers the hearings of the Pennsylvania House Health and Human Services Committee on the growing obstetrics crisis 09 24 2007 At the Center of the Baby Crisis CEO of Albert Einstein Health Network outlines the

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  • <Donated Cribs Part of Campaign to Teach Safe Sleep Methods to Parents>
    event was part of a five city tour by the JPMA to promote its creation Baby Safety Month In Illinois the group took heat from the state attorney general Lisa Madigan who accused it of trying to whitewash its members reputations which were sullied by the safety recalls of millions of cribs Madigan was angry that the organization s seal of approval remained on some drop side cribs still being sold even after manufacturers agreed last December to quit making the cribs which have been blamed in more than 30 deaths over the last decade She wasn t mollified by the group s response that its seal reflected standards in place at the time of a crib s manufacture not of its sale Tyrala of course knows something about the risks associated with shifting standards As an expert in the hazards of infants sleeping environments she regularly contends with generations of entrenched beliefs and habits such as co sleeping that have been identified as a significant danger to infants Tyrala can t confirm the JPMA s assertion that 40 times more babies die every year from suffocation in unsafe sleeping environments than from defective cribs As a scientist she believes the data are insufficient on both sides of that formulation But she was happy to have the JPMA s attention on an issue she cares about Tyrala is national medical director of the Cribs for Kids program which was started in Allegheny County in 1998 She helped bring it here in 2002 and it now has 280 partner organizations nationwide Since the late 1980s doctors have dramatically changed their advice on infant sleep and significantly reduced the numbers of unexplained deaths including those attributed to sudden infant death syndrome For a long time we just thought these deaths were completely

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  • <Infant's death related to baby sling investigation>
    a mall in Center City Philadelphia carrying her infant twin boys in two separate over the shoulder baby slings She ran into a friend and lifted her son Nelsir out of his baby carrier to show him off Medley When I removed him from the carrier I realized that he not responsive He was very unresponsive I freaked dialed 911 ran down the hall frantically trying to wave anyone down for help Information on the recall CPSC guidance Infantino recall page Medley tried CPR and the paramedics came but Nelsir died Medley believes the baby sling suffocated her son Medley That was my initial thought I didn t have the evidence to prove it at that time I didn t have the evidence to prove it Unfortunately it took other babies to pass away to prove my theory Two more children died in 2009 in carriers made by the company Infantino The company recalled two types of its baby carriers this week Earlier this month the Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC issued a warning about these types of slings and started an investigation into their safety Infantino CEO Jack Vresics said in a statement that the company is working to set safety standards for baby slings Vresics We will continue to play a leadership role in the industry and to cooperate closely with the CPSC as it continues its investigation of all baby slings The CPSC posted pictures on its website about how to use baby sling properly Kathrin Brellochs the program coordinator for the Maternity Care Coalition in Philadelphia says her group is spreading the word to parents Brellochs We sent our staff the warning along with those pictures that they issued about how to use them correctly In general I can say that these particular slings are

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  • <Hospitals Push Safe Sleep Practices for Infants>
    infant death syndrome by the American Academy of Pediatrics The new policy requires that all families of infant patients get talks and brochures on safe sleep practices This was what 17 year old Quinyohna Canty encountered when she applied in May for a free crib from the nonprofit Maternity Care Coalition and its Cribs for Kids program Canty then in her eighth month of pregnancy said she filled out a quiz about safe sleep practices at the coalition Should you ever put your baby on her stomach I said No and the lady said Correct What s supposed to be in the crib the quiz asked with choices between images of blankets and toys I was real nervous so I put like One blanket said Canty And she said not to overcrowd the crib And if it s warm I only need one blanket tucked around her stomach and around the mattress In 2008 the Philadelphia Medical Examiner s Office identified 26 infant deaths related to bed sharing also known as co sleeping including four babies asphyxiated when an adult rolled on top of them Among 49 babies who died from January 2006 to June 2007 33 were sharing a bed or crib at the time concluded the Pennsylvania Department of Health The U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that across the nation suffocation of which bedsharing is one of many causes was the leading cause of preventable infant deaths from 2000 to 2005 Concern about bed sharing is not new In 2005 several city agencies waged a media campaign to educate the public about the dangers And just last month the Pennsylvania House unanimously approved a bill that would establish a safe sleep public education and prevention program The bill is awaiting action in the Senate

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