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Perinatal High Risk Management/Infant Services System (PHRM/ISS)

Perinatal High Risk Management/Infant Services System (PHRM/ISS) is a multidisciplinary case management program established to help improve access to health care and to provide enhanced services to certain Medicaid-eligible pregnant/postpartum women and infants. The enhanced services for this target population include case management, psycho-social and nutritional counseling/assessments, home visits and health education.

The goal of the PHRM/ISS Program is to help reduce the infant mortality rate to no more than seven deaths per 1,000 live births, and to help reduce the low-birth weight rate to no more than five percent of all births. The very low-birth weight rate should be reduced to one percent of all births.

Who can participate as a provider of PHRM/ISS case management services?
Any physician or clinic licensed to practice in the state of Mississippi of other approved practitioner enrolled in the MS Medicaid program may provide PHRM/ISS services. The participating providers must employ or have access to an interdisciplinary team which consists of a MS licensed physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, certified nurse midwife or registered nurse, licensed social worker AND a licensed nutritionist/dietitian.

Who is eligible?
Medicaid beneficiaries are eligible to participate in this program when a physician, nurse practitioner or certified nurse midwife identifies one or more positive risk factors on the PHRM/ISS perinatal screening form. This is a voluntary program; it is not mandatory for a beneficiary to participate in this program.

The primary role and responsibility of the PHRM/ISS team is to ensure access to needed services. Services include but are not limited to:

  • finding doctors for maternity/child care
  • assisting with referrals to specialists
  • reviewing delivery plans
  • providing health education/counseling that is risk appropriate
  • home Visits
  • referring to outreach services such as WIC, family planning, NET, or preventative health services

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PHRM/ISS Contacts

For more information about the PHRM/ISS program , call:

Phone: (601) 359-6050
Toll-free: 1-800-421-2408