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Supporting Vaginal Birth Quality Improvement Collaborative
Free to California hospitals

The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) is excited to announce the kick off of the 2017 statewide quality improvement collaborative “Supporting Vaginal Birth and Reducing Primary Cesareans.” Your hospital is invited to participate in this initiative at no cost thanks to funding by the California Health Care Foundation.

The Supporting Vaginal Birth and Reducing Primary Cesareans Collaborative aims to assist hospitals in reaching the Healthy People 2020 goal of reducing Nulliparous Term Singleton Vertex (NTSV) Cesarean rates at or below 23.9%. This effort is strongly supported by state leaders (Medi-Cal, Calpers, Covered California), major employers, consumer organizations, health plans, and the Hospital Quality Institute with regional hospital associations. Furthermore, the NTSV cesarean measure is being integrated into most commercial health plans’ value-based payment initiatives.

Forty-percent of hospitals in California have met the target rate of 23.9% and have received public recognition by Secretary Diana Dooley, California Health and Human Services Agency.  As your hospital is currently above that target, we invite your hospital’s OB Quality Improvement Team to apply to participate in the Collaborative. 

The focus of the collaborative is to reaffirm modern approaches to labor and birth fully supported by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (see ACOG letter of support link to the right) and will emphasize highly successful labor support techniques. The Collaborative allows for extensive sharing of best practices and novel ideas among facilities.  CMQCC data provides insights and real-time support for the QI process. Your hospital will benefit in statewide CMQCC QI sessions and resources and also be part of a smaller group (5-8 facilities) that will learn from each other’s experience under the guidance of paired physician and nurse mentors trained and supported by CMQCC.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to review and improve clinical practices to reflect current evidence-based best practices.  These achievements will speak to your hospital’s commitment to improve the care given to mothers and babies in California.

For more information, please contact Valerie Cape at vcape@stanford.edu. The Collaborative application can be downloaded here.