I have kept tabs on the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina since they produced the following video, Maverick, in which a mom talks about the repercussions of an early elective cesarean. PQCNC has managed to get more than half of North Carolina’s 91 hospitals that deliver babies to participate in their initiatives, which focus on quality improvement and cost reduction.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina just announced that they are sponsoring PQCNC’s “phase two” initiatives to the tune of $500,000 and North Carolina’s Office of Rural Health and Community Care just matched their contribution. From the press release:
Phase one of these initiatives saw positive results with a 43 percent reduction in elective deliveries less than 39 weeks in participating hospitals. Successful completion of phase two initiatives could result in:
25 percent reduction in elective cesarean sections in first-time mothers:
- Reduction of 6,444 hospital days
- Reduction in $16.1 million in costs
50 percent increase in exclusive human milk NICUs:
- Reduction of 1,760 NICU days
- Reduction of $5.2 million in acute hospitalization costs
In case you’re wondering, Childbirth Connection defines a quality collaborative as “a group of people or organizations from a common region, state, or hospital system working on health care system improvement.” CC also lists the collaboratives working on maternity care on the same page.
PQCNC is one of the collaboratives that actively seeks involvement from consumers as key stakeholders in maternity care, so if you are in North Carolina and want to be involved, check out their Family Focus Group.