Smart Care California to Recognize Hospitals with Low C-Section Rates California birthing hospitals may preview maternity rates next week
Under the Healthy People 2020 initiative, hospitals are
encouraged to reduce rates of elective cesarean deliveries for
low-risk, first-time births to less than 23.9 percent. Since
Care California has included hospitals that have achieved
that milestone on its hospital honor roll. The honor roll — a
collaborative effort among stakeholders that represent policy,
purchases, providers and quality improvement organizations — will
be announced the week of Oct. 22. Certificates will be mailed to
hospitals in November.
Next week, the Hospital
Quality Institute (HQI) expects to receive California
birthing centers’ nulliparous, term, singleton, vertex (NTSV)
cesarean delivery rates, as well episiotomy and vaginal births
after cesarean (VBAC) rates. These data will be e-mailed to
birthing hospital CEOs as well as quality and maternal child
health contacts; to ensure inclusion in this list, contact HQI. Birthing centers
will have approximately seven business days to request any
changes. The updated rates will be refreshed on the Cal Hospital Compare
website. Breastfeeding rates will be issued later this year.
HQI’s 2018 Annual Conference, to be held Oct. 28-30 in Huntington
Beach, features an interactive session that will address current
and emerging priorities for safe maternity care and focus on the
importance of building quality improvement capacity in birthing
centers. The session will be presented by HQI and the California
Maternity Quality Care Collaborative. Eligible birthing centers
may receive discounted tuition. Details are available on the
HQI Conference website.
Resources including toolkits from the California Maternity
Quality Care Collaborative, My Birth Matters campaign and more
are available on the HQI website.