Steve Calvin M.D. on pregnancy care, health care reform, and innovation

At the Minnesota Health Action Group Meeting

The Minnesota Health Action Group (MNHAG) brings together employers, payers and providers to find innovative patient-focused solutions to the many problems in our current healthcare system. A couple of years ago Carolyn Pare, MNHAG Executive Director, invited us to be part of the organization’s comprehensive study of the maternity care system in Minnesota.   A great deal of good came from that effort.   Today we were invited to address the MNHAG 9th Employer Leadership Summit on the topic of bundled payment for maternity care.   My colleague Tricia Balazovic, who keeps the Minnesota Birth operating and who is a major developer of the BirthBundle, is joining me in presenting the compelling case for improving care by bundling payment.  The program brochure is at:



A short video that is well worth watching

Neel Shah is a very smart young OB/GYN who really understands the issues.  Take a look at this video: Neel and his colleagues at … [Continue reading]

Collaboration on the Maternity Care Team

The increasing success of the Minnesota Birth Center (MBC) is directly dependent on excellent professional collaboration.  This April, just three years after starting in Minneapolis, we opened our new St. Paul site.  Check it out at … [Continue reading]

The discomfort of birth is no laughing matter.

My wife Cindy describes the discomfort of labor as "pain with a purpose".    Dealing with that pain is one of the biggest challenges that mothers face at the end of pregnancy.  Many mothers think that the only pain management options are the two … [Continue reading]

Is non-profit status essential for healthcare organizations?

A young attorney colleague and I co-wrote a commentary in the January 4, 2014 issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  In it we constructively critique the virtual non-profit healthcare monopoly that we have in … [Continue reading]