Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) is interested in testing new care and payment models that have the potential to improve perinatal outcomes for women enrolled in Medicaid who are at high-risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes.



initiative is a partnership between the Innovation Center and the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) and part of a larger HHS effort to improve maternal and infant health outcomes.In this four-year initiative the Innovation Center will offer a funding opportunity to eligible applicants to test the impact of providing enhanced prenatal care interventions for women with Medicaid coverage who are at high risk for having a preterm birth.

The initiative will test 3 distinct approaches to providing enhanced prenatal care delivery.

Each approach provides a set of specific and comprehensive interventions to improve current, traditional prenatal care delivery and address additional clinical, behavioral, and psychosocial factors that may be present during pregnancy and contribute to preterm-related poor birth outcomes.
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Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns

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The intent of this FOA is to engage with a wide variety of interested parties who have developed innovations that will drive significant improvement in three-part aim outcomes.

The target applicants for this solicitation are providers (e.g., specific service providers, clinician groups and/or hospitals); States applying in partnership with providers; managed care organizations (MCOs) applying in partnership with providers; and conveners applying in partnership with providers.

All applicants not directly providing prenatal care services (i.e.

States, MCOs, and conveners) are expected to partner with providers of obstetrical care services and proposed enhanced prenatal care services.

Included within the definition of State, for the purposes of this FOA are the District of Columbia and the 5 U. S. Territories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

Faith-based organizations, Community-based organizations, and Tribal organizations are also eligible to apply.

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