Wildflower Health, Healthcare Transformation Consortium (HTC) Announce Groundbreaking Partnership to Launch Statewide Value-Based Maternity Care Model in New Jersey

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Initiative Includes Collaboration with Leading OB-GYN Practices, Aims to Serve as National Blueprint for Value-Based Approaches in Support of Improved Maternal Health Outcomes

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"This new partnership will allow the HTC to bring all stakeholders together to work for the benefit of expectant mothers, new moms and their babies.” - Kevin Lenahan, Atlantic Health System

Wildflower Health, a leading women’s health solutions company, and Healthcare Transformation Consortium (HTC), a collaborative of independent health systems in New Jersey, today announced a groundbreaking partnership to launch a statewide value-based maternity care initiative that will transform the delivery and financing of maternity care. Initially, the value-based model will be delivered via a phased rollout to team members and dependents within HTC member health systems. Ultimately, Wildflower and HTC see opportunities to expand this approach to include other payers and self-insured employers.

The new model is powered by Wildflower’s unique maternity bundle, a package of comprehensive digital tools to help doctors, nurses and other caregivers assist patients with care needs ranging from prenatal to postnatal. They include a digital platform that helps them expertly engage, support, and remotely monitor patients between visits while expanding access to existing resources and virtual services. This platform includes educational content and tools for patients, and critical data for providers that can be accessed at point of care. Additionally, clinicians will be able to leverage Health Advocates and Coaches from Wildflower to extend the impact of their internal teams. These advocates and coaches will serve as eyes and ears for practices, helping connect patients to available resources while also escalating care for at-risk women who need additional clinical support.

As part of this initiative, Wildflower and HTC will also be working closely with OB-GYN practices across the state, including Lifeline Medical Associates and practices affiliated with Axia Women’s Health.

“Our member hospitals and health systems have always been committed to delivering the highest quality care possible to all women. This new partnership will allow the HTC to bring all stakeholders together to work for the benefit of expectant mothers, new moms and their babies,” said Kevin Lenahan, Executive Vice President, Chief Business & Strategy Officer for Atlantic Health System. “Additionally, our physicians, nurses and team members are the most important asset to any healthcare system. Working with Wildflower allows us the opportunity to improve both member and physician experience, while helping reduce the cost of care and improve the quality of care for our employee health plan.”

This collaboration is one of the first regional networks of OB-GYN practices and hospitals aligning to transform care and transition toward value-based maternity care. Along with improving clinical outcomes, this partnership will leverage care transformation capabilities from Wildflower that fully operationalize value-based care, a model of payment where healthcare professionals are compensated based upon patient outcomes instead of the number of services rendered. With this bundle, providers can evaluate and design value-based models alongside payers; install both digital health and point-of-care decision support tools; adapt current workflows to value-based requirements and continuously process data, both for leveraging key clinical metrics in real-time, as well as managing financial payments, reconciliations and outcomes measurement.

The maternity bundle is comprehensive, spanning from prenatal to postnatal care and accounts for the total cost of pregnancy for both mom and baby. It ensures providers are compensated based on the best clinical care and cost containment methodologies.

Wildflower offers technology and services aimed at transforming care delivery and payment models in women’s health. HTC is comprised of the following high-performance providers: Atlantic Health System, CentraState Healthcare System, Holy Name, Hunterdon Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, Valley Health System and Virtua Health.

“It’s such a privilege to be part of such a significant initiative,” said Leah Sparks, founder and CEO of Wildflower Health. “Multiple healthcare organizations coming together, forming a unified front to transform the trajectory of care for women; it’s just not something that happens every day. The results we produce through this collaboration will be just as unique. I hope one day it serves as a blueprint for how to turn the tide for maternal health outcomes.”

Improving maternal health outcomes is currently a statewide priority in New Jersey as evidenced by First Lady Tammy Murphy’s bold initiative, Nurture NJ, which aims to reduce the state’s maternal mortality by 50 percent over the next five years while eliminating racial disparities in birth outcomes. Currently, New Jersey ranks 47th nationwide for its maternal mortality rate, with 46.5 fatalities per 100,000 live births. Black women in New Jersey are seven times more likely to die in childbirth than white women.

“The potential for value-based care models in maternity is significant,” said Dr. Jack Feltz, President of Lifeline Medical Associates. “We clearly see the power of aligning stakeholders around quality outcomes and are excited to demonstrate the impact of value-based maternity care across the state of New Jersey. This is the beginning of a new way forward for maternal health in this country.”

“As the demands on OB-GYNs continue to mount, it’s critical that we work together to find innovative ways to offer more support,” said Gaurov Dayal, MD, Chief Executive Officer at Axia Women’s Health. “The model being introduced in New Jersey fully equips clinicians to work more efficiently while providing personalized support for every patient, even between office visits. It makes it possible for providers to do their best work and be rewarded for high-quality outcomes.”

The Wildflower and HTC partnership officially launched January 1, 2023 with the value-based model being rolled out in phases within HTC member health systems.

About Wildflower
Wildflower is a technology and services company that is transforming care delivery and payment models in women’s health to radically improve outcomes. We offer a modular suite of software, support and services, meeting providers and payers where they are in their journey to value. We are also the architect of the industry’s most comprehensive bundle for value-based maternity care, with pre-built functionality for all actuarial, clinical and operational needs. Wildflower can help you successfully address the key drivers of women’s health outcomes while building a better future for you and the families you serve. We are ushering in a new era for women’s health. This is a smarter way to care. http://www.wildflowerhealth.com

About HTC
The Healthcare Transformation Consortium (HTC) is collaborative of leading, independent health systems based in New Jersey, each with self-funded employee health plans, that share their expertise to address issues many businesses now face: how to improve access to high-quality health care for covered employees and dependents while reducing costs. Members of the consortium include Atlantic Health System, CentraState Healthcare System, Holy Name, Hunterdon Health, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, Valley Health System and Virtua Health. HTC is committed to teamwork and is creating an innovative new model for health care delivery for New Jersey and beyond.

About Lifeline Medical Associates
Lifeline Medical Associates challenge the standards of women’s care by staying ahead of the healthcare curve. Our mission is at the heart of what we do, so our patients can experience a difference that matters. As a trusted partnership of over 100 providers across New Jersey, our knowledge sharing among all Lifeline practitioners is vast. We continually train our teams on the latest, but proven advancements in healthcare which is supported by evidence-based medicine. We also continually welcome new practices and practitioners into our partnership with the fundamental understanding that they must not only believe in what we do but take action on the principles that we hold steadfast. It remains our privilege to serve the amazing women of New Jersey – now and in the future. Learn more at https://lma-llc.com/.

About Axia Women’s Health
Axia Women’s Health is leading the way in improving women’s health. At the core of achieving this is a caring, connected, and progressive community of nearly 500 providers across more than 200 women’s health centers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. The rapidly growing network spans OB/GYN physicians, breast health centers, high-risk pregnancy centers, two laboratories, urogynecology, and fertility centers. Together, Axia Women's Health puts women first by delivering the personalized care needed for women to lead healthier, happier lives. Learn more at http://www.Axiawh.com.

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