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Veterans Health: VA Should Improve Its Monitoring of Severe Maternal Complications and Mental Health Screenings

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Examines Veterans Administration (VA) data on deaths and severe maternal morbidity among pregnant and postpartum veterans from fiscal year 2011 through 2020. Explores actions the VA has taken to monitor maternal health outcomes among pregnant and postpartum veterans and the extent to which the VA facilitates mental health screenings for these veterans. Offers recommendations to the VA regarding monitoring trends in severe maternal morbidity by veteran characteristics and maternity care coordinators' screening of veterans for mental health conditions. Includes rural references throughout.
Government Accountability Office
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Care coordination · Health disparities · Maternal health and prenatal care · Mental health · Mortality · Policy · Racial and ethnic groups · Rural-urban differences · Statistics and data · Veterans

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