The Georgia Regional Perinatal Care Network (GRPCN)
The Georgia Regional Perinatal Care Network (GRPCN) Project is a state/Medicaid funded program charged with the annual distribution of approximately $20 million to eight designated regional centers for the care of high risk mothers and infants eligible under the guidelines set forth by the Georgia Department of Community Health, Maternal Child Health Program.
The GRPCN hospitals contracted with NPIC/QAS to assist in the development of a funds distribution and reporting system that would be viewed as fair, consistent, and sensitive to the differences in patient populations across the six centers (Grady Perinatal Center encompasses three hospitals). NPIC/QAS has been involved with the distribution of these high risk perinatal funds since 1991.
The funds distributed are earmarked for the payment of direct costs associated with the care of high risk mothers and infants at the regional centers as well as administrative costs associated with outreach, education and transport services provided to hospitals within each center’s region. The payments for direct costs of care are designed to fill the gap between the Medicaid reimbursement and the cost of high risk services as well as support the care of uninsured or insured patients with incomes less than or equal to 250% of the federal poverty level.
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