Katy B. Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA

Katy B. Kozhimannil, PHD, MPA, is an associate professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Director of Research at the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center. Her research applies health policy and health services research to the field of women's health, with a focus on maternal and child health. Dr Kozhimannil conducts research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy that impacts reproductive-age women and their families. Twitter @katybkoz. E-mail kbk@umn.edu

Articles

Impossible Math: Financing a Freestanding Birth Center and Supporting Health Equity

February 20, 2019

Births in freestanding birth centers are increasing, and the number of birth centers is increasing, as well, but capacity is not keeping up with demand. Freestanding birth centers provide many of the same services that are provided for low-risk pregnancies in hospitals, and there is evidence of equivalent or better outcomes of care both here in the United States and in abroad. Yet, freestanding birth centers are paid less than hospitals for doing the same work.

A Blueprint for Building Better Maternity Care Payment Systems

July 03, 2018

In the United States, too many of our mothers are dying during and after childbirth. Costs of childbirth care are high for everyone—for health plans, for taxpayers, and for families. We are moving in the wrong direction, and it is well past time to change course.

How Health Plans Can Support Moms

July 25, 2017

This post is part of a series of blogs illuminating aspects of racial equity in childbirth and highlighting promising practices to ensure access to a safe, empowering, healthy, and positive birth for all people.

As We Mourn Infant Death, Let's Take Care of Moms

July 10, 2017

This post is part of a series of blogs illuminating aspects of racial equity in childbirth and highlighting promising practices to ensure access to a safe, empowering, healthy, and positive birth for all people.

A Bundle of Joy? Bundled Payments for Maternity Care

May 28, 2016

The rising costs of healthcare generally, and the high costs of childbirth in the United States, are forcing innovation in payment models for maternity care alongside the ongoing efforts in other clinical areas.