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Welcome to the Women’s Health Consortium, an online resource for practicing ob/gyns who want to better understand issues around racial and gender disparities affecting themselves and their patients. Topics will be viewed through this lens and help educate OB/GYNs more fully around practice management issues, including payer disparities.

This consortium is built for you and will feature articles, podcasts, and video interviews with a variety of pre-eminent thought leaders in the field. It will provide resources to important information, along with access to forms on how to appeal insurance decisions - a tool that can help you as you help your patients.



A retrospective cross-sectional study has found that Medicaid expansion has increased the rates of autologous breast reconstruction in patients undergoing mastectomy.

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In this podcast episode, host Scott Kober is joined by experts Robert McDonald, MD, MBA, and Karla Loken, DO, OBGYN, FACOOG, to discuss ways that practicing ob-gyns can get involved in health coverage and reimbursement issues.

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The CDC updated its guidelines for diagnosing and treating STIs, which included updates on the diagnosis and treatment of bacterial vaginosis (BV) in pregnant and nonpregnant women.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines for the treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), notably for Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Chlamydia trachomatis, Trichomonas vaginalis and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

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Over the last year and a half, physicians around the world have been focused on managing patients, their teams, and themselves through the COVID pandemic. This has not been an easy time for physicians.

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An analysis of individual enrollment and premium data from California’s marketplace and the American Rescue Plan premium tax credit subsidy schedule has concluded that a smart default policy avoids defaulting lower-income marketplace enrollees to objectively inferior health care insurance plans and leads to large reductions in lower-income enrollees’ deductibles, copayments, and maximum out-of-pocket amounts.

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Matters in Managed Care: Bringing Equity at Birth, Part 8

The American Journal of Managed Care®'s Associate Editorial Director Mary Caffrey moderated a discussion with Demetria Malloy, MD, MSHS, medical director, plan performance (state), Anthem Blue Cross; Truc Tang, MPH, director, health equity, health education, and cultural linguistics, Anthem; Fanta Nelson, health educator, Black Infant Health Program, Fresno County Department of Health; Anna Gruver, director, Alameda County Public Health Department; and Nicole Morris, MTS, doula support services coordinator, Alameda County Public Health Department.

In segment 8, the panelists answer questions from the audience.

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Matters in Managed Care: Bringing Equity at Birth, Part 7

The American Journal of Managed Care®'s Associate Editorial Director Mary Caffrey moderated a discussion with Demetria Malloy, MD, MSHS, medical director, plan performance (state), Anthem Blue Cross; Truc Tang, MPH, director, health equity, health education, and cultural linguistics, Anthem; Fanta Nelson, health educator, Black Infant Health Program, Fresno County Department of Health; Anna Gruver, director, Alameda County Public Health Department; and Nicole Morris, MTS, doula support services coordinator, Alameda County Public Health Department.

In segment 7, the panelists discuss the role of payers in achieving equity for newborns.

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Matters in Managed Care: Bringing Equity at Birth, Part 6

The American Journal of Managed Care®'s Associate Editorial Director Mary Caffrey moderated a discussion with Demetria Malloy, MD, MSHS, medical director, plan performance (state), Anthem Blue Cross; Truc Tang, MPH, director, health equity, health education, and cultural linguistics, Anthem; Fanta Nelson, health educator, Black Infant Health Program, Fresno County Department of Health; Anna Gruver, director, Alameda County Public Health Department; and Nicole Morris, MTS, doula support services coordinator, Alameda County Public Health Department.

In segment 6, the panelists discuss how a county can start a doula program.

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Matters in Managed Care: Bringing Equity at Birth, Part 5

Leaders from Anthem and a partner of Anthem’s Doula Pilot Program in California discuss how a health plan can take an active role in reducing disparities in maternity mortality, which has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a growing health concern in the United States.

In segment 5, the panelists discuss Anthem’s effect on Medicaid policy.

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Matters in Managed Care: Bringing Equity at Birth, Part 4

Leaders from Anthem and a partner of Anthem’s Doula Pilot Program in California discuss how a health plan can take an active role in reducing disparities in maternity mortality, which has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a growing health concern in the United States.

In segment 4, the panelists discuss how Anthem partners with counties.

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Matters in Managed Care: Bringing Equity at Birth, Part 3

Leaders from Anthem and a partner of Anthem’s Doula Pilot Program in California discuss how a health plan can take an active role in reducing disparities in maternity mortality, which has been recognized by the World Health Organization as a growing health concern in the United States.

In segment 3, the panelists discuss how Anthem partners with counties.

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