The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care secured a $3.76 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to reduce barriers to critical behavioral health services for women both during and after pregnancy. The roughly 900-member research project will recruit primarily Black and white women. Up to 40% of all low-income and Black women experience perinatal depression and/or anxiety–more than double the national rate of 20%, according to existing research.
The project will explore three approaches in behavioral health care delivery: The current “standard of care,” which is connecting pregnancy and postpartum members to community behavioral health provider organizations; using RxWell, a digital tool to access evidence-based behavioral health education and self-management skills; and using RxWell with the support of a digital health coach. RxWell is UPMC Health Plan’s mobile app that offers clinically developed, evidence-based content; self-guided exercises; and other tools to support things like self-monitoring and goal setting to help members manage stress, anxiety, and depression and reach their health-related goals.
PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide consumers, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health care decisions.
The UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care, housed within UPMC Insurance Services, translates the work of the UPMC Health Plan, Community Care Behavioral Health, and the organization’s additional integrated partner organizations into evidence-based practice and policy change for improving health care quality and efficiency and the overall health of the population. Many activities are conducted in UPMC’s unique payer-provider organization laboratory and supported through grants and contracts carried out in partnership with community organizations and government agencies. UPMC is a global health enterprise and one of the nation’s largest integrated health care delivery and financing systems. UPMC and UPMC Insurance Services recognize and embrace the value of collaboration in achieving an equitable, high-quality, and efficient health care system that meets the needs of diverse populations.
Serving more than 3.9 million members, UPMC Insurance Services is owned and operated by UPMC, a world-renowned health care provider organization and insurer based in Pittsburgh. UPMC Insurance Services includes commercial products from UPMC Health Plan for groups as well as individuals. Commercial products also include workers’ compensation and employee assistance from nationally known Workpartners. Government products include Medicare Advantage (UPMC for Life); special needs plans for those eligible for Medicare and Medical Assistance (UPMC for Life Complete Care and UPMC Community HealthChoices); Medical Assistance (UPMC for You); and Children’s Health Insurance Program (UPMC for Kids). Also part of UPMC Insurance Services is Community Care Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s largest managed care behavioral health organizations.
This was reported by UPMC Health Plan on December 22, 2020.
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