Performance Improvement 2001. Racial Disparities in Health Services Among Medicaid Pregnant Women (Multi- State) Analysis


This is a study of associations between pregnancy-related care and outcomes, and the ethnic and racial characteristics of women who had a Medicaid covered delivery during calendar year 1995. This study is expected to identify and explain the patterns of disparities in prenatal and postpartum care and outcomes provided to Medicaid women. The project will evaluate the use of health services from entry into prenatal care through the delivery and into the first three postpartum months. The CMS eligibility and utilization data contain information on racial and ethnic minority groups. These data include diagnoses, procedures, date and type of delivery, reimbursements, demographics, and geographic location. The study will examine the use of and Medicaid expenditures for health services from the initial prenatal care visit through the delivery and into the first three postnatal months. specific prenatal care markers to be considered include delayed prenatal care, no prenatal care, and an insufficient total number of prenatal care visits for a full-term, normal pregnancy.


AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Strategic Planning

FEDERAL CONTACT: Beth Benedict, 410-786-7724

PIC ID: 7416

PERFORMER: Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC