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Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative (2013-2017)



About the Program 


Strong start birth centers


Preliminary Data

resources for birth centers


In 2012, AABC was selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to participate in a study of innovative prenatal care models that show promise of enhancing outcomes and satisfaction among mothers while reducing costs for providers and payers.  In addition to the birth center model, the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative set out to study two other models of enhanced prenatal care, CenteringPregnancy and the Maternity Care Home.  AABC’s Strong Start program aimed at helping to prevent preterm birth, low birthweight, and expensive interventions for those at the highest risk.  From the time that enrollment began in June of 2013, a diverse group of more than 8,300 women have participated in AABC’s Strong Start program at 46 birth center sites, with over 6,100 Strong Start births.


AABC Strong Start officially concluded the data collection portion of the program in December 2016 and began the process of cleaning client data collected through AABC’s Perinatal Data Registry (PDR).  All program data was submitted in April to the national Strong Start evaluation team, which includes The Urban Institute, American Institutes for Research, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.  The evaluation team will analyze these data as well as client information collected through the program’s paper forms and link them to state Medicaid claims data for cost analysis.  The findings will be presented in a final evaluation report, expected to be released in 2018.


The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1D1-12-001 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.  The contents of this website do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.  This project does not limit a fee-for-service Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP patient’s freedom to choose a particular health care provider.
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