Sign-up Now for October 10 Webinar on New National Goals and Strategies to Reduce Early Elective Delivery and Cesarean Section in Low-Risk Women
This is such an exciting time to be working in the maternity care arena thanks to unprecedented multi-stakeholder efforts across the country to improve the quality, outcomes, and value of maternity care for women and babies. I’ve been fortunate to Co-Chair, with Bernie Rosof, MD, of Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, an exciting effort that was launched in January 2012 by the National Priorities Partnership (NPP). The NPP—a multistakeholder partnership of more than 50 major national organizations convened by National Quality Forum— offers consultative support to the Department of Health and Human Services on setting national priorities and goals for the HHS National Quality Strategy and facilitating coordinated action within targeted areas of health and healthcare improvement. One of the NPP’s targeted areas is preventing inappropriate maternity care through efforts of a multi-stakeholder Maternity Action Team (MAT). The MAT’s work complements the Department of Health and Human Services’ Partnership for Patients safety initiative and its aims to reduce avoidable harm.
Over the last nine months, the Maternity Action Team, comprised of nearly 30 public and private organizations, has set aspirational goals and worked on the development and implementation of a plan to reduce elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks to 5% or less and reduce cesarean section in low-risk women to 15% or less. This effort is focused on three key strategies:
- increasing uptake of The Joint Commission perinatal core measure set,
- implementing hard-stop policies and checklists, and
- aligning consumer and provider messaging.
The Maternity Action Team is eager to engage with interested stakeholders to learn from other efforts in the field and identify opportunities for further alignment and collaboration. To that end, NQF, on behalf of the NPP Maternity Action Team, is hosting a public web meeting on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 3:30-5 p.m. ET to share its work, promote dialogue, and facilitate connections with others working to improve maternity care.