2022 Sep 23 (NewsRx) — By a News Reporter – Staff News Editor at Daily Insurance News — Researchers detail new data in Managed Care. According to reports from Tampa, Florida, by the editors of NewsRx, the research said, “Birth defects are major contributors to healthcare resource utilization, disability and mortality, particularly during the perinatal period. As a national public insurance program for low-income people, Medicaid funds a large portion of health costs associated with birth defects.
Financial support for this research includes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – UNITED STATES, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Maternal and Child Health Services Block grant from Texas Department of State Health Services.
Our news reporters got a quote from the research of the University of South Florida, “Here, we explore birth defect-related factors associated with Medicaid participation during the first year of life. Infants born with birth defects between 2010 and 2014 were linked from the Texas Birth Defects Registry based on state Medicaid claims data Variation in Medicaid uptake was examined by individual birth defect and birth defect characteristics Associations between covariates and Medicaid uptake are described using percentages and adjusted prevalence rates (APRs). Of the 107,968 infants included in this study, 55,172 (51.1%) participated in Medicaid. Medicaid participation ranged from 12.1% for anencephaly to 77 .8% for total abnormal pulmonary venous connection An indicator of defect severity was associated with an increased likelihood of participation (APR = 1.22, 95% CI: 1.20-1.23). Me dicaid was 60.8% for people with multiple major malformations compared with 45.4% for those without (APR=1.24, 95% CI: 1.22-1.25). Among individual birth defects, Medicaid uptake was almost universally higher for those that coexist with other major birth defects. We detected wide variations in Medicaid uptake by individual birth defect. Infants on Medicaid tended to have more severe malformations and were more likely to have multiple major malformations.
According to the editors, the research concluded, “Medicaid claims databases can serve as valuable sources of data for surveillance efforts and observational studies, but care must be taken when generalizing from results.
This research has been peer reviewed.
For more information on this research, see: Factors Associated with Medicaid Participation in Infants Born with Birth Defects in Texas, 2010-2014. Birth defects research2022;114(15):895-905. Birth defects research can be contacted at: Wiley, 111 river streetHoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA.
Our journalists inform that additional information can be obtained by contacting Jason L. Salemi, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa, Florida 33620, United States. Other authors of this research include justin swanson, Charlie Shumate, Mark A. Canfield, AJ Agopian and Laura E.Mitchell.
The direct object identifier (DOI) for this additional information is: https://doi.org/10.1002/bdr2.2077. This DOI is a link to a free or paid online electronic document, and can be your direct source for a journal article and its citation.
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