Webinar will explore national priorities for quality improvement and their significance for maternity care transformation

The next webinar in Childbirth Connection’s TMC Topics series will explore how major national quality and safety initiatives align with maternity care reform efforts. Karen Adams, PhD, MT, vice president of national priorities at the National Quality Forum, will discuss major initiatives including the just-launched National Quality Strategy and Partnership for Patients and lead a conversation about how maternity care advocates can leverage these for change. This free webinar will take place Tuesday, May 10, 2011 from 12-1pm ET.

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Filed in Blueprint, Childbirth Connection, News on Tue., Apr 19, 2011

Free webinar will explore coordinated state effort to transform maternity care

Following in the successful TMC Topics webinar series, Childbirth Connection will offer a webinar highlighting the work of the Louisiana Birth Outcomes Project with Project Director, Rebekah Gee, MD, MPH, FACOG. Dr. Gee will discuss the coordinated state-wide effort to create a culture of continuous quality improvement and safety in Louisiana’s birthing hospitals. The project involves tracking and reporting performance, implementing quality improvement toolkits, enhancing access to preventive care, and adopting best practices from high-performing maternity care systems.

This free webinar took place on Tuesday, April 19 at 12pm ET. You can now stream the webinar and access the presenter slides.

Filed in Blueprint, News on Tue., Apr 12, 2011

Home birth summit seeks to create consensus among stakeholders

Planned home birth, while representing fewer than 1% of births in the United States, has generated intense and often polarizing debate in this country, even as elsewhere (e.g., Canada and the United Kingdom), efforts are underway to expand access to integrated home birth services. A grant from the Transforming Birth Fund has been designated for the purpose of convening a U.S. Home Birth Consensus Summit to find a rational path forward.

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Filed in Blueprint, Clinical controversies, News on Sun., Mar 6, 2011

Leading employers launch bold payment reform initiative

Late last year, TMC Vision Team and Partnership Steering Committee member Suzanne Delbanco, PhD, was named Executive Director of Catalyst for Payment Reform, a collaboration among seven of the nation’s largest employers using their purchasing power to advocate for health care payment approaches that reduce costs and waste while spurring higher quality.

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Filed in Blueprint, News, Payment reform on Sun., Mar 6, 2011

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