Posts tagged with 'Washington'

From the TMC blog: Charges for giving birth are all over the map. What’s the price tag in your state?

If you give birth in a Maryland hospital, your hospital will charge about $5500 if you have an uncomplicated vaginal birth and about $6800 if you have an uncomplicated cesarean section. Move just up the coast to New Jersey and triple or even quadruple those numbers. The hospital now charges more than $18,000 for the same vaginal birth and a whopping $26,000 for the same cesarean. Move to a state with a birth center, like California or Washington, and the facility charge drops to as low as $2000 for an uncomplicated vaginal birth.

How does your state measure up? Childbirth Connection has just posted Average Facility Labor and Birth Charges by Site and Method of Birth for the 35 states for which data are available.

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Filed in Blog, Costs - Charges - Value on Thu., Jul 14, 2011

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From the Field: Obstetrics Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program (OB COAP)

The Obstetrics Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program (OB COAP) is a clinician-led data collection and analysis initiative that uses chart-abstracted data of the variables relating to the management of a pregnant woman who delivers in the state of Washington. Its goal is to ensure that all women in the state of Washington receive the same evidence-based obstetrical care. OB COAP gathers the intrapartum data needed to optimize management of labor and delivery.

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Filed in Blueprint, Clinical audit, case review, or analysis of adverse events, Clinical controversies, Decision making and choice, Disparities, Performance measurement, Performance measurement/reporting, Stories from the Field, Workforce on Wed., Apr 6, 2011

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From the Field: Washington State Perinatal Collaborative Reducing Elective Delivery Before 39 Weeks Project

The collaborative is seeking to understand the reason for rising C-Section rates and possible modifiable factors leading to this rise. The collaborative believes that the variation among hospitals in cesarean, VBAC, and induction rates are affecting maternal and infant health across the state of Washington. To address these variations the collaborative is engaging agencies, hospitals, organizations, and the community to encourage birthing hospitals to collaborate and address issues such as inductions, trial of labor, appropriate admissions, and accessibility to vaginal births after cesareans. The first initiative uses the March of Dimes Toolkit and other resources to reduce early elective deliveries in the state of Washington.

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Filed in Clinical practice guideline/policy change, Payment reform, Payment/reimbursement change, Performance measurement, Performance measurement/reporting, Stories from the Field on Fri., Mar 18, 2011

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