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Comprehensive Perinatal Services

The Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) is a Medi-Cal program that provides a model of comprehensive services for eligible low-income pregnant and parenting women. Basic to the CPSP model is the belief that pregnancy and birth outcomes improve when routine obstetric care (prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care) is integrated with specific nutrition, health education, and psychosocial services. Comprehensive services are shown to reduce the low birthweight rate by one-third and to save approximately $2 in short-term Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) costs for every $1 spent.

The goals of CPSP are to:

  • Decrease the incidence of low birthweight births
  • Improve the outcome of every pregnancy,
  • Give every baby a healthy start in life, and
  • Eliminate health disparities among racial/ethnic, gender, economic, and religious groups.

CPSP Services

CPSP services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of health care practitioners and include:

  • Client orientation to comprehensive perinatal services
  • Initial assessment, trimester reassessments, post-partum assessment, interventions and follow-up services in:
    • Obstetrics
    • Nutrition
    • Health Education
    • Psychosocial Services
  • Individual Case Coordination
  • Prenatal Vitamin/Mineral Supplements
  • Referrals to Related Services

Becoming a CPSP Provider

Why become a CPSP provider?

  • Fee-for-service Medi-Cal reimbursement for patients enrolled in Contra Costa Health Plan
  • Ongoing consultation and technical assistance from CPSP specialists in nutrition, health education, and psychosocial consultation
  • Regularly scheduled trainings for your staff
  • Free copy of the CPSP Provider Handbook and Steps to Take Guidelines
  • Twice-yearly forums on perinatal health issues.

Who can become a CPSP provider?

Any of the following can be a CPSP provider, as long as they have an active Medi-Cal provider number and are in good standing with their licensure board:

  • Physician (obstetrician/gynecologist, family practitioner, general practitioner, or pediatrician)
  • Medical Group (any of whose members is one of the above physicians)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner (family or pediatric)
  • Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
  • Clinic (hospital, community, county)
  • Alternative Birth Center

Who can deliver CPSP services?

The CPSP provider may employ or contract with any of the following practitioners to deliver services appropriate to their skill level:

  • Physicians
  • Certified Nurse Midwives
  • Physician's Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage, Family and Child Counselors
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Health Educators
  • Certified Childbirth Educators (ASPO/Lamaze, Bradley, ICEA)
  • Comprehensive Perinatal Health Workers (CPHW)

See our list of current CPSP Providers.

Models of CPSP Service Delivery

  • Approved CPSP providers can be found in solo practice, group practice, health departments, hospitals, community clinics, managed care plans and residency programs.
  • In most cases, the entire CPSP program is offered at a single location. In other cases, obstetrical services are provided in the provider's office with other services provided elsewhere, under subcontract or by a second CPSP provider.
  • Flexibility of program design and implementation allows for the use of a wide range of professional and paraprofessional personnel.

Reimbursement schedule fee-for-service Medi-Cal

Obstetrical Services

Reimbursement for obstetrical services is the same for all providers (CPSP and non-CPSP). Obstetrical services may be billed as a global charge or fee-for-service.

Services Reimbursement
Initial Pregnancy-Related Exam $ 126.31
Antepartum Exam ($60.48/visit x 8 visits) $ 483.84
Delivery (vaginal or cesarean) $ 544.72
Postpartum Exam $ 60.48
Subtotal $ 1,215.35
Special Bonuses

Additional reimbursements for approved CPSP providers.

Early entry into care[within 16 weeks of the last menstrual period] $ 56.63
10th Antepartum visit $ 113.26
Available Bonus $ 169.89

For state reimbursement rates, refer to Physician Rates at Medi-Cal's site.

Support Services

  • Support service reimbursement for health education, nutrition, and psychosocial services is available only to approved CPSP providers.
  • Support services provided individually are reimbursed at $33.64/hour up to 23 hours. Group classes are reimbursed at $11.24/patient/hour up to 27 hours.
  • A coordination fee of $85.34 is available if all three support service assessments are provided within four weeks of entry into care.
  • Vitamin/mineral supplements (300-day supply) are reimbursed at $39.96 and are for use only by approved CPSP providers.
  • Billing is on an itemized basis, using regular Medi-Cal billing forms. CPSP codes are available for use by approved CPSP providers.
  • Total available support service reimbursement: $1,202.53 (In high-risk circumstances, additional support service reimbursement can be obtained through the treatment authorization request [TAR] process.)

Total maximum OB/CPSP reimbursement

(Before TAR): $ 2,587.77

All Medi-Cal pregnant women who are enrolled in a Medi-Cal managed care plan are entitled to receive CPSP services. Reimbursement under managed care depends on the contractual agreement between the provider and health plan or Independent Practice Association (IPA).

CPSP Application Process

  • Contact the Contra Costa County CPSP Coordinator or download an application.
  • The completed application will be reviewed by the local CPSP coordinator and submitted to the State Department of Health Services for final certification.
  • The application approval process may take up to 60 days from the date the Coordinator receives a completed application.

CPSP Forms & Protocols

  • Provider Application
  • Provider Application Change Form
  • Provider Handbook
  • Steps to Take Manual
  • CPSP Provider Overview On-line Training
    The training will address the program requirements for implementing a Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP). The training will present an overview of CPSP and review the requirements for the client orientation, assessments and the individualized care plan. This training is for providers and staff new to CPSP and those who are interested in becoming CPSP providers. Billing will not be covered in this training; however billing resources will be available. The registration fee includes the cost of one electronic Provider Overview Handbook.


Contact CPSP

CPSP Administration
597 Center Avenue, Suite 365
Martinez, CA 94553
925-313-6708 fax

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