Established in 1997, Community Health Choice is a local, non-profit, managed care organization that is committed to improving the health and well-being of Texas residents. The organization is one of the largest provider networks in southeast Texas.
“Our new partnership with Community Health Choice helps pave the way for a lifetime of health and well-being for mothers, infants and their families throughout the greater Houston area,” said Susan Torroella, CEO, ProgenyHealth. “It is important that we continue to assist mothers in having healthier, full-term pregnancies and navigating complex NICU and postpartum issues. The actions we are taking today will have a substantial impact in the future.”
The new partnership began June 28 and initially includes maternity case management, followed by NICU utilization and case management, and then payment validation and assurance services. ProgenyHealth is supporting services as part of several Community Health Choice plans, including Texas STAR and Texas CHIP Perinate Unborn.
“We are a health plan with heart and our mission is to continually open doors of care and wellness to our members,” said Lisa Wright, CEO, Community Health Choice. “Healthier communities are stronger communities and our new strategic partnership with ProgenyHealth is having a significant impact on thousands of our plan members and fellow residents.”
Hundreds of thousands of women each year rely heavily on specialized maternity, NICU and postpartum care. Statewide, the preterm birth rate is 11.4% – which is higher than the national average.
“The maternal mortality and preterm birth rates in Texas are higher than the national average, and this is absolutely unacceptable,” said Marylou Buyse, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Community Health Choice. “We must continue to ensure the health and wellness of our state’s new mothers and their infants. Our new partnership with ProgenyHealth helps to promote a healthier life for every Texan mother and infant.”