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  • <Alarming News>
    by paraphrasing the opening sentence of Jonathan Franzen s award winning novel The Corrections The alarm bell has been ringing for years The abandonment of OB care is not a new problem it began in 1997 for the same reasons we see today Josh Goldstein s Philadelphia Inquirer article on February 16th announcing Jeanes closure describes births as non core services Jeanes Hospital provided obstetric services for and attended approximately 1 600 births per year While it may be a secondary priority in light of fiscal pressures or relative to more profitable medical treatments and procedures the steady rate of 50 000 births per year in the Commonwealth remains constant inevitable and a core part of a family s life cycle In the fall Maternity Care Coalition released our Childbirth at a Crossroads research report making clear that we have long since passed the threshold of providing timely affordable and quality maternity care This is the 14th hospital closing since 1997 An alarm bell is no longer sufficient to bring the public s attention to the health care crisis we are witnessing for childbearing families Amidst these troubling realities we at Maternity Care Coalition have several urgent and unanswered questions First and foremost what are the transition plans for informing families and redirecting them to new services While the hospital understandably seeks to reconcile expenses with revenues what will families in the Northeast do when that most transformative of experiences birth is imminent Do the remaining hospitals within the Temple Healthcare system have the capacity to absorb the 1 600 births previously covered by Jeanes Taking into consideration last year s increased Medicaid dollars directed to Temple what were Jeanes financial shortfalls How will this closure impact the remaining hospitals that are also suffering under financial duress Hospital administrators have

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  • <Remember ALL Pregnant Women>
    African American or Asian or Hispanic or having a chronic medical or mental illness could make things more difficult Our report Childbirth at the Crossroads reminded people in our region that simply being born to an African American mother doubles a baby s chances of dying in the first year of life We called attention to the decreased number of hospitals offering maternity services and the lack of obstetricians willing to serve low income women and immigrant populations We called for concrete actions in five major areas actions needed to assure that we welcome all babies in the best possible way Last month Governor Rendell announced his Prescription for Pennsylvania a comprehensive plan addressing all three major components of public health policy access cost and quality As the details of the Governor s plan unfold all of us want to know what does it mean for me What does it mean for the people in the communities in which we live and work At the Maternity Care Coalition we are asking the Governor and the General Assembly what will it mean for the women the practitioners and the communities who appear in our Childbirth at the Crossroads report We identified the increasingly diverse population of our region and called for practitioners to meet national standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate services The Governor noted that fewer than 3 of our doctors and 2 of our nurses identify as Hispanic He called for broadening the diversity of the health care workforce and supporting translation services and cultural competency programs We hope that such initiatives will mean an end to security guards in health centers serving as medical translators for private health information We highlighted the many women who lack access to care either because they do not have health insurance or because obstetrical providers with appointments do not accept Medicaid and those who accept Medicaid have unacceptable waits Prescription for Pennsylvania proposes to offer affordable basic health insurance through the private health insurance market We hope this means the young woman who does part time temporary office work and the one who works for the corner grocer will both have health insurance before and after a pregnancy We want the self employed woman who cleans a different suburban house each day to have health insurance Currently these women are eligible for Medicaid if their incomes are less than 185 of poverty level but their eligibility starts with pregnancy and ends 60 days after pregnancy We want them to have pre conception coverage and well woman care after birth We want funding for all women to receive prenatal care regardless of their immigration status We want obstetricians and midwives in all neighborhoods who accept the new insurance and we want them to have timely available appointments We hope this affordable basic coverage provides for the diagnosis and treatment of post partum depression We are not asking a lot This is basic care and an investment in our region s future We appreciate

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  • <Midwives Needed>
    Alarming News for Childbearing Families Remember ALL Pregnant Women in Prescription for Pennsylvania Midwives Needed Pa Creates New Class of Hospital Payments to Aid Temple Birthing a New Approach to Health Care Philadelphia Must Improve its Maternity Care Pregnant and Uninsured Safe Sleep News Breastfeeding News Other News The Philadelphia Inquirer February 10 2007 Midwives Needed Letter to the Editor JoAnne Fischer Rachel Buchman s Feb 5 article A push to stop midwives reviewed the benefits of and concerns about lay midwives A crucial issue remains unacknowledged Provider shortages are one of the critical barriers to accessing health care in Pennsylvania A positive step is the governor s Prescription for Pennsylvania proposal which would extend prescriptive authority to nurse practitioners The Maternity Care Coalition s research report Childbirth at a Crossroads underscores the dearth of timely quality low cost maternity care in Southeastern Pennsylvania The number of graduating medical students in the United States who are choosing obstetrics and gynecology as a specialty has dropped by almost 50 percent since 1980 There are 118 practicing certified nurse midwives in the five county area and only 4 5 percent of local births are attended by midwives compared to 9 percent nationally

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  • Pa. creates new class of hospital payments to aid Temple
    high volume of MA births to ensure the continued access to obstetrical services for MA patients Temple University Hospital is the only medical center in the state to meet the criteria for the additional funds which will consist of 2 2 million in state general funds and 2 64 million in matching federal funds Robert Lux vice president and chief financial officer for the Temple University Health System said Temple last year determined it was losing 25 million a year because of shortfalls in government payments for costs associated with delivering babies and other obstetrical services We ve seen a steady growth in births at the hospital over the past couple of years largely the result of program closures at other places Lux said This is an area where our expenses exceed what we are paid to a large extent because of the cost of professional liability insurance Last year we went to the state and said We are losing a lot of money in this program and we need to know if there is anything you can do to help The number of babies delivered at Temple University Hospital has climbed from 4 800 in fiscal 2004 to an estimated 6 200 in fiscal 2007 which ends June 30 A majority of the births at the hospital involve patients covered by Medicaid or without any insurance A study released last year by the Philadelphia based Maternity Care Coalition found since 1997 the number of births in the five county region has remained steady at about 50 000 per year During that same time the study found 13 Philadelphia and suburban hospitals have discontinued obstetric services The most recent closure occurred at Frankford Hospital which shuttered the maternity ward at its Torresdale unit last summer The space was converted to a 29 bed medical surgical unit According to the study most hospitals are getting out of the obstetrics business because of the escalating malpractice insurance costs combined with the expense of staffing labor floors at all hours without having the ability to predict occupancy levels The funding comes at a time when Temple is struggling with its bottom line The health system posted a net loss of 17 million in fiscal 2006 Lux said the loss was actually 31 million because the financial statement includes a 14 million state medical education payment that passed through the health system en route to Temple University This year he said the health system has budgeted for a 27 million loss Lux said the actual loss is expected to be about 40 million when the medical education payment is factored into the equation Stacey Ward a DPW spokeswoman said the funding allocation was approved by the state legislature as part of Pennsylvania fiscal 2007 budget The criteria used by DPW to determine which hospitals qualified for new funds was based on providing obstetrical services and meeting thresholds tied to their ratio of medical assistance nursery days to total nursery days their ratio of medical

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  • Philadelphia Prenatal Care 2011
    discrepancies between women s experiences accessing prenatal care and the information available from the managed care insurance companies and the Department of Public Welfare In 2011 MCC repeated the 2007 study and explored the number of providers actually available to give prenatal care to women funded by Medical Assistance through the five managed care organizations in Philadelphia read summary of report here The five Medicaid managed care organizations MCOs in Philadelphia are Aetna Better Health Coventry Cares Health Partners Keystone Mercy and United Healthcare What We Found Data was obtained from each of the managed care organizations in the summer of 2011 The accuracy of the listings and the availability of prenatal care were verified via phone calls to all phone numbers provided by the MCO s MCC found that The directories were more than 70 inaccurate Listed practitioners frequently were no longer available the phone number was wrong or the site listed no longer offered prenatal care Out of 2 659 listings only 148 practitioners at 66 prenatal care sites were available The waiting time for an initial appointment averaged just above the two week standard Changes in the Last Four Years Since 2007 the PA Department of Public Welfare initiated a monitoring plan to assess the availability of prenatal care in the region and contracted with additional managed care organizations to serve Medicaid eligible families Below is a comparison of prenatal care in 2007 and 2011 2007 2011 3 managed care organizations 5 managed care organizations 85 of the MCO listings were inaccurate 70 of the MCO listings were inaccurate 61 sites available for prenatal care 66 sites available for prenatal care 139 individual credentialed practitioners identified 148 individual credentialed practitioners identified Range of wait times to schedule an initial prenatal care appointment was one day to 56

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  • <Past Advocacy>
    Hospital closed its maternity unit September 2008 Check out which maternity units remain available in our region Rally at the Capitol in Harrisburg On June 12 2007 Senator Leanna Washington sponsored a rally at the PA State Capitol to ensure access to childbirth services Sen Tartaglione far left and Rep Cherelle Parker far right join with moms rallying at the capitol for birthing services Sen Leanna Washington addresses the crowd as from back left to right Rep Tony Payton Sen Anthony Hardy Williams Rep Babette Josephs and Sen Shirley Kitchen make a stand for families Sen Kitchen alongside smaller activists seeking more care for women across the Commonwealth February 2007 Rally at Chestnut Hill Hospital Chestnut Hill residents react to the threatened closure of Chestnut Hill Hospital maternity unit by rallying in front of the hospital urging the hospital administration to keep the unit open MCC Deputy Director Bette Begleiter speaks to the crowd gathered to demand the maternity unit at Chestnut Hill Hospital remain open noting that we are no longer at a crossroads we are in a childbirth crisis Rallying for Chestnut Hill s maternity unit to remain open are left to right MCC staffers Iliana Dejesus Mariana Kuperman Bette Begleiter and board member Sara Lomax Reese with son Julian City Council Resolution In 2006 MCC published the Childbirth at a Crossroads report with over 50 recommendations to improve the healthcare choices and outcomes for all childbearing families in light of current lack of appropriative care for our increasingly diverse population inadequate healthcare for our neediest a declining pool of providers continued health inequities across the region and a continuing deterioration of birth choices for childbearing families at all income levels Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown presented MCC with a City Council Resolution endorsing the recommendations in the report from left to right Letty Thall MCC Director of Policy and JoAnne Fischer MCC Executive Director accept the Resolution from City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown View the full City Council Resolution endorsing the Childbirth at a Crossroads report s recommendations Past State Maternal and Child Health Issues 2010 State Budget Cuts Pennsylvania faces critical budget cuts yet again To learn more read our most recent policy alert and take action Social Services Face State Budget Cuts in 2009 Pennsylvania providers of social services rallied against planned cuts and the ongoing delay in legislators passing a state budget in 2009 If slideshow does not appear right click on pop up banner at top of webpage below your browser and choose Run ActiveX Control Rally for Reform in Honor of Mothers View the slideshow below of the rally on May 4th 2009 in the Harrisburg Capitol Rotunda presenting MCC s latest report Insuring Healthy Births If slideshow does not appear right click on pop up banner at top of webpage below your browser and choose Run ActiveX Control Prenatal Care in Philadelphia Read MCC s findings on Prenatal Care in Philadelphia As follow up to MCC s comprehensive look at maternity care

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  • MCC::Programs::Community Engagement::Chldbrth Crossroads
    Crossroads is a must read for MCH advocates and the community at large Superb materials that should invigorate grassroots effort so that we as a society provide for safer birthing in America Well done Vinod K Bhutani MD FAAP Stanford University School of Medicine View full report here After reading the report share your experiences great ideas comments or questions by emailing mcc momobile org Learn more about prenatal care

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  • FlowersTeaandMCCSlideshow

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