3M™ Severe Maternal Morbidity

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A better way to drive improvements in maternal care


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are more than 50,000 severe maternal morbidity (SMM) events per year and the number is increasing. Complications mean a poor experience for the mother, a possible adverse impact on the infant and future risk to both. Births with complications are also more expensive than deliveries without complications, even before factoring in any potential mid-or long-term issues. Understanding maternal complications (including SMM) is foundational for maternal quality improvement programs.

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Scope of issue for payers and providers:

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    1 in 6 Medicaid-insured mothers experience a SMM event during or after childbirth

  • Seven mothers holding infants with one highlighted

    1 in 7 commercially insured mothers experience a SMM event during or after childbirth

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    Providers need to create quality programs for maternal morbidity that are efficient, effective and equitable

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    Serious racial health inequities exist in maternal outcomes

3M methodologies highlight complications to address severe maternal morbidity

3M Health Information Systems offers 3M™ Severe Maternal Morbidity, an integrated solution to help organizations identify and trend risk-adjusted maternal outcomes. It provides an approach to review facility or network care pathway views of all preventable complications, not just the SMM complications as defined by the CDC. These insights support the development of maternal morbidity action plans across sites of maternal care and throughout the course of pregnancy and the postpartum period. This solution enables performance monitoring by facility, health plan or provider group and allows for identification of those sites of care for performance learning or improvement. 

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Using 3M methodologies to understand SMM in your population

  • Definition
    An approach to assess quality and safety among maternity and delivery. The data enhancements and views in this package highlight areas for improvement.
    • Payers that want to improve quality for maternity or pay in bundles.
    • Providers who are a part of a value-based care (VBC) program and want improve maternal health. OB/GYN groups and facilities that want to improve quality or become a center of excellence.
    • An understanding for the volume of the complications as well as which procedures, service lines or clinicians are responsible for them
    • The knowledge of using the higher than benchmark complication rates to trigger root cause analysis to reduce specific potentially preventable complications and decrease costs
    • The awareness to identify outliers with higher or lower quality outcomes for practice agreements, discussion or remediation
    • The ability to visualize which procedures result in an emergency department visit or unscheduled inpatient admissions
  • Use the SMM quick start guide to help accelerate analytical projects and identification of opportunities 3M experts are available to help highlight areas of concern and assist groups with plans to decrease ambulatory potentially preventable complications
  • 3M methodologies are a longitudinal claims-based methodology

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