From the Field: Louisiana Birth Outcomes Project

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Project Title

Louisiana Birth Outcomes Project

Name of organization, agency, or institution

Louisiana State Department of Health and Hospitals

Primary Contact Name and Title

Rebekah Gee, MD, MPH, FACOG, Director

Project Aim and Goals

The Louisiana Birth Outcomes Project is a state-wide effort coordinated by the Department of Health and Hospitals. This multi-stakeholder initiative drew inspiration from the Transforming Maternity Care project and charged several interdisciplinary task forces with constituencies modeled after the five TMC stakeholder workgroups to determine critical steps for progress in four major areas. Project aims in these four areas include:

  • increase patient safety and quality of care via multiple strategies and partnerships including adopting a 39 week elective delivery initiative, enrolling hospitals in the IHI Perinatal Improvement Community, establishing a Birthing Centers of Excellence initiative, and outreach to the community
  • pilot and expand interconception care coordination, focusing on enhanced access to primary care and prevention of unintended pregnancies in women who have had a low birth weight baby.
  • institute state-wide comprehensive behavioral health screening and brief intervention for women on Medicaid, beginning with smoking cessation
  • increase data capacity and performance reporting, and building a portal for report carding which will be released internally and then publicly

Blueprint Area(s) Addressed

Strategies Used

For More Information

Contact Rebekah Gee, MD, at

View or stream the TMC Topics webinar featuring Dr. Gee.

Filed in Blueprint, Care coordination, Childbirth Connection, Clinical controversies, Clinical practice guideline/policy change, Community education/outreach, Disparities, Health information technology, Health information technology, Payment reform, Payment/reimbursement change, Performance measurement, Performance measurement/reporting, Scope of covered services, Staffing/care coordination change, Stories from the Field on Fri., Apr 22, 2011

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