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Linking State Medicaid Data and Birth Certificates For Maternal Health Research

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Sara Heins, Violanda Grigorescu, Zach Predmore, Anetta Zhou, Emily Hoch, Scott Smith

This report presents the set of guiding principles for linking state Medicaid data with birth certificates that was developed by state and national experts and leaders. These guiding principles can be implemented to create a multistate linked database that researchers would be able to access and use for research on maternal health, including patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). A set of maternal health research priorities that can be addressed using linked data is also included.

Suggested Citation: Heins, S., Grigorescu V., Predmore, Z., Zhou, A., Hoch, E., Smith, S. State Medicaid Linkages for Maternal Health Research. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. September 2023.

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