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The Link between Provider Payment and Quality of Maternal Health Services: Case studies on provider payment mechanisms in Kyrgyz Republic, Nigeria, and Zambia

This paper presents case studies of provider payment systems in the Kyrgyz Republic, Nigeria, and Zambia that link a quality improvement initiative with provider payment. It documents these programs’ experience with design and implementation and lessons learned for other health care payers seeking to improve quality at the point of care through redesign of a […]

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Webinar | Expanding Health Coverage for Informal Workers in LMICs

USAID’s Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project hosted an hour-long webinar on Wednesday, April 5th, on expanding health coverage to informal workers. The webinar presented recent work on efforts to expand health coverage for informal workers in LMICs. In the webinar, the International Labor Organization’s Dr. Xenia Scheil-Adlung (Senior Health Policy Coordinator, Social Protection Department), Oxfam’s […]

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On World TB Day, Focusing on Health Financing to End Tuberculosis

In the effort to end Tuberculosis—one of the leading causes of death from infectious disease worldwide—overall health system improvements are crucial. Despite substantial funding for TB prevention and treatment by donors and governments over the last decade, the worldwide incidence of TB remains high. In 2015 TB killed more than 1.8 million people, according to the World […]

Data Quality Assessment Pilot Highlights Focus on Improving HMIS Data Quality and Use in India

Dr. Vishnu Kant Srivastava leads the Statistics Division at India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). Having managed statistical initiatives at different departments and levels of the government, Dr. Srivastava recognizes the value of quality data for effective decision making. He spoke with USAID’s Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project on the findings of […]

The Link between Provider Payment and Quality of Maternal Health Services: A Framework and Literature Review

This paper explores a growing trend among health care payers to combine a quality measurement initiative with a redesigned provider payment system. It presents a conceptual framework of how provider payment links with quality of maternal health services and analyzes real provider payment systems in low- and middle-income countries where payment is linked with quality […]

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Strategic Purchasing to Improve the Quality of Maternal Health Services

In many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), the health sector faces significant resource constraints and poor maternal health indicators, leaving the government searching for ways to maximize resources and improve maternal health outcomes. These efforts are accompanied by the growing recognition that access to services is not enough to reduce high rates of maternal morbidity […]

37th IASP Conference in India: Making a Case for Enhanced Health Information System Data Use

India’s Health Management Information System (HMIS) captures crucial data on the implementation and performance of key national health programs, especially those geared to the strategic reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) initiative of the Government of India. However, there have been concerns, based on anecdotal observations, about the quality of the HMIS data, […]

In Nigeria’s Cross River and Rivers States: Working to Bridge the Gap between Evidence, Policy, and Practice

In January 2017, USAID’s Health Finance and Governance project organized evidence synthesis workshops for Nigeria’s Cross River and Rivers states. The workshops were intended to pull together the findings from several health financing core diagnostic analyses conducted to assess the health financing landscape. The core diagnostics discussed included: A health financing situational analysis to clarify […]

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