New Reports and Resources

From the TMC blog: Guidelines for States on Maternity Care In the Essential Health Benefits Package

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all new health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets, including qualified health plans sold through health insurance exchanges, provide at least the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) package. The ACA identifies a core set of ten categories to be included in the EHB, one of which is maternity and newborn care. For most categories, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has not specified what must be covered; the Department issued a pre-rule bulletin allowing states to select their EHB package from a list of options.

The National Partnership for Women & Families and Childbirth Connection urge states to use the guidelines below in selecting an EHB package to ensure the coverage will provide sufficient quality maternity care.

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Filed in Blog, New Reports and Resources on Thu., Aug 9, 2012

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From the TMC blog: Technical report on NQF quality measures now available.

Back in April, Carol Sakala wrote about the new and continuing perinatal and reproductive health quality measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum. The final Technical Report on the set of NQF-endorsed measures is now available.

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Filed in Blog, Clinicians, Consumers, Costs - Charges - Value, Hospitals and Health Systems, New Reports and Resources, Quality Collaboratives on Wed., Jun 27, 2012

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From the TMC blog: Update on Nationally Endorsed Maternity Care Performance Measures

At Childbirth Connection, we know that performance measurement is an essential element for moving toward the maternity care system that women and families deserve — one that meets the Triple Aim of better care, better outcomes, and better value. Performance measurement is central to our 2020 Vision for a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System and companion Blueprint for Action consensus reports. So, we are thrilled that the National Quality Forum (NQF) has approved for endorsement 12 continuing and 2 new maternity care performance measures.
Pending a 30-day appeal period, these will continue to be available or be newly available as nationally endorsed performance measures for both quality improvement and public reporting. I am pleased to offer this update as co-chair of the multi-stakeholder Steering Committee that evaluated measures submitted by developers within the formal NQF consensus development process with explicit criteria for endorsement.

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Filed in Blog, Clinicians, Consumers, Costs - Charges - Value, Hospitals and Health Systems, New Reports and Resources, Quality Collaboratives on Wed., Apr 11, 2012

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From the TMC blog: Early Elective Deliveries Are Decreasing

One year ago, the Leapfrog Group released results of their annual Hospital Survey, for the first time publicly reporting rates of early elective deliveries (inductions or planned c-sections occurring before 39 weeks without a medical reason). The results were shocking, with hospitals varying from virtually zero to well over half of elective deliveries occurring before 39 completed weeks. Last week, we partnered again with the Leapfrog Group and other organizations to publicize the release of this year’s survey results, and we’re pleased that the data show rates moving in the right direction.

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Filed in Blog, Clinicians, Consumers, Costs - Charges - Value, Hospitals and Health Systems, New Reports and Resources on Tue., Jan 31, 2012

From the TMC blog: Leading Change: An Interview with Christine Morton of CMQCC

Our Leading Change series profiles leaders in efforts to transform maternity care. This month we bring readers an interview with Christine Morton, PhD, a medical sociologist at the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. Christine and I discuss the rising rate of maternal mortality, how standardizing care for obstetric hemorrhage can help, the need for better data collection and reporting, and how state quality collaboratives can lead change. Thanks Christine for taking the time to answer these questions, and thanks everyone at CMQCC for your work to transform maternity care!

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Filed in Blog, Clinicians, Consumers, Hospitals and Health Systems, Interviews, Leading Change, New Reports and Resources, Quality Collaboratives on Thu., Dec 15, 2011

From the TMC blog: Addressing Obstetrical Adverse Events: Webinar This Wednesday

The Partnership for Patients national program for improving patient safety is one of the first times we’ve seen maternity care on the national agenda, with reducing obstetrical adverse events highlighted as one of ten national priority patient safety areas. Together with the National Priorities Partnership, the Partnership for Patients will offer a free webinar on September 28 about patient safety in maternity care. The webinar will address strategies to meet the national goal of eliminating 30% of preventable obstetrical adverse events and will feature Childbirth Connection’s Maureen Corry.

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Filed in Blog, Childbirth Connection, Clinicians, Consumers, Hospitals and Health Systems, New Reports and Resources, Quality Collaboratives, Webinars on Mon., Sep 26, 2011

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From the TMC blog: Reasonable Choices for Bringing Back VBAC

As we shift the conversation from whether to do VBACs to how to enable more of them, focus on quality and safety in the context of VBAC is long overdue. According to new government statistics, nearly one in five of the more than 4 million births each year in the United States occur to women who have previously given birth by cesarean. If evidence supports VBAC as a “reasonable option” for most of this population and indeed the better option for many, it is time to be reasonable about how to make VBAC as safe, accessible, and satisfying as it can possibly be.

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Filed in Blog, Clinicians, Consumers, Costs - Charges - Value, Hospitals and Health Systems, New Reports and Resources on Mon., Sep 12, 2011

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From the TMC blog: Speed-dating and shared decision making: Transforming how women and maternity caregivers communicate

A recent New York Times article described a new method medical schools are adopting to interview applicants. Described as “the admissions equivalent of speed dating,” the Multiple Mini Interview process is designed to identify applicants adept at communication and teamwork. Why? Because effective communication and a teamwork approach are critical ingredients of a health care system that is safer, more patient-centered, and more efficient.

Speed dating for a spot in medical or nursing school, along with other innovations in health professions education, will hopefully generate a more effective workforce in the coming years. But for maternity caregivers already in practice, what are the best resources to improve communication skills?

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Filed in Blog, Clinicians, Costs - Charges - Value, New Reports and Resources on Tue., Aug 9, 2011

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