Posts tagged with 'transparency'

From the TMC blog: The Leapfrog Hospital Survey now reports episiotomy rates

The Leapfrog Group, a patient safety organization comprised of employers and other purchasers of employee health coverage, has reported measures of maternity care safety for several years, most notably with their survey of hospital rates of early elective deliveries. This year’s Leapfrog Hospital Survey highlights hospital rates of episiotomy. The public can compare episiotomy rates within a city, state, or region. An episiotomy is a surgical cut to enlarge the vagina for vaginal birth. Evidence suggests that routine or frequent use of episiotomy does not benefit babies but increases mothers’ pain, reduces pelvic floor strength, and may predispose women to extensive tears that involve anal sphincter muscles. Despite the evidence, episiotomy rates remain high in some settings.

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Filed in Blog, Hospitals and Health Systems, New Reports and Resources on Mon., Apr 1, 2013

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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 Field: Leapfrog Hospital Survey: Hospital Rates of Early Elective Deliveries

Childbirth Connection, the Leapfrog Group, and the March of Dimes have partnered to offer a suite of resources to reduce early elective deliveries.

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Filed in Blueprint, Childbirth Connection, Clinical controversies, Decision making and choice, Performance measurement, Performance measurement/reporting, Progress, Stories from the Field on Sun., Mar 6, 2011

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