Given the marked supply-demand mismatch for MFM providers around the country, many expectant mothers endure long, disruptive windshield times in order to see an MFM sub-specialist. Often, this poses socio-economic barriers leading to the member being erroneously labeled “non-compliant.” Ouma leverages telemedicine to deploy an “anytime, anywhere, any device” strategy to deliver MFM care to these members.
Ouma can assist plans with improved member compliance with NCQA HEDIS measures related to Timeliness of Prenatal Care and Postpartum Care. Our clinicians can deliver timely PPC1 and PPC2 visits for members via telehealth. Our convenient solution allows members to have their visit from the comfort of their own home while also eliminating barriers for accessing care such as taking off work, finding childcare, driving long distances, and waiting in crowded clinics.
Studies have repeatedly shown that the majority of postpartum patients do not know where to reach out for help or questions. It is therefore not surprising that approximately 40% of Ouma’s patients request a lactation consultation from us. We understand the challenges new mom’s face and they trust us to help them. Our lactation consultants are specially trained in the best practices in telehealth care to help with breastfeeding and assist with any issues.
Rates of substance use in pregnancy have increased significantly in the past decade and rates of opioid use disorders in pregnant and postpartum women have increased in parallel. Therefore we feel that any market-ready maternity solution needs to have an SUD strategy in place, as well as behavioral health support given the coexistence of the two conditions.
Due to the rise of the obesity epidemic, many reproductive aged individuals enter pregnancy with a chronic medical condition. Using evidence-based guidelines, Ouma proudly provides maternity-specific RPM to help manage chronic medical conditions during pregnancy including diabetes, hypertension, and class II-III obesity.
In the spirit of expanding access to MFM physicians and providing a secure, scalable, and robust solution for curbside consults, Ouma provides a formal inter-professional consults interface for maternity providers including obstetricians, midwives, and family practitioners in areas with sub-optimal MFM access to request assistance in diagnosis and management of their patients in an efficient manner.
There is a wide range of physicians who interpret obstetric ultrasound including maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) sub-specialists, general obstetricians, radiologists, and family medicine physicians with variation likely based on local practice culture and their training with this leading to different results. Indeed, studies have demonstrated improved diagnosis of fetal anomalies when ultrasounds are interpreted by MFM physicians compared to other providers. Ouma provides MFM expert ultrasound interpretation so that all patients can have a peace of mind that their exams were reviewed by expert eyes.
Ouma’s work does not begin with the pregnancy and in many cases our team meets with families before they embark on the family building journey as preparation especially when facing a high-risk pregnancy is paramount. Similarly, some folks use a gestational carrier (surrogate) to begin their journey. In those instances, Ouma works with fertility clinic to ensure that the gestational carrier meets ASRM criteria to proceed, and that a care plan is determined in case any risk factors are identified.