Opioids after delivery: Addressing postpartum pain relief without feeding addiction

By OBHG Marketing on March 26th, 2018

Admidst the national opioid epidemic, OBHG hospitalists are taking measures to ensure they are not feeding addiction among postpartum patients. Dr. Stephen T. Bashuk, OBHG Medical Director of Operations, suggests three approaches physicians, department heads, and hospital administrators can take when addressing this issue.

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March is Trisomy Awareness Month

By OBHG Marketing on March 20th, 2018

What a difference a few decades makes. As recently as the 1940s, children born with Down syndrome were expected to live only to age 12. By the 1980s, life expectancy was about 25 years. Today, the average person with Down syndrome lives to be 60. Last year, Guinness World Records listed Kenny Cridge of England as the world’s oldest living person with Down syndrome

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OBHG hospitalist quoted in Reader’s Digest article

By OBHG Marketing on March 16th, 2018

Earlier this month, Dr. Jane van Dis, OBHG hospitalist and medical director of business development, was quoted in a Reader's Digest story, 15 Signs Your Weight Gain Means Your Health is in Trouble. Dr. van Dis shares her insight into three of the signs that weight gain could be a bigger issue: irregular periods, painful periods, and abdominal pain. 

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Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018

By OBHG Marketing on March 12th, 2018

March 11-17 is National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is the primary sponsor of the annual observance through its United for Patient Safety Campaign.

IHI is asking both clinicians and consumers to focus on patient safety as a serious public health issue.

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Endometriosis increases risk for pregnancy complications

By OBHG Marketing on March 6th, 2018

Millions of women around the world suffer from endometriosis — a condition in which uterine tissue migrates and grows abnormally outside of the uterus. Some women have no symptoms, while others experience severe pain, especially during their menstrual period.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimates that about one in 10 reproductive-age women suffers from endometriosis.

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Redefining ‘special delivery’: Benefits of obstetrical emergency care units

By OBHG Marketing on March 2nd, 2018

From ReachMD with host Renée Simone Yolanda Allen, MD, MHSc., FACOG

Obstetrical emergency care units offer pregnant women highly-specialized emergency care as a better alternative to the traditional emergency room visit.  These units have been proven to increase patient satisfaction and improve emergency room wait time lengths. Where are they being utilized, and what are the barriers to implementing them nationwide?

Host Renée Allen talks with guests Dr. Brian Gilpin, national clinical director of operations for OB hospitalists at Mednax National Medical Group, and OBHG Founder Dr. Christopher Swain. They discuss the benefits and challenges of obstetrical emergency care units.

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Decreasing cesareans: VBAC and patient empowerment

By OBHG Marketing on February 16th, 2018

According to OBHG's Dr. Jane van Dis, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) attempts can reduce medically unnecessary C-sections. This week, Contemporary OB/GYN published an article by Dr. van Dis, who serves as OBHG's Medical Director for Business Development and an OB hopsitalist in Bakersfield, CA. 

"The VBAC attempt rate is only about 9%, even though the overall success rate for women who attempt a trial of labor after cesarean delivery is estimated at 60% to 80%. We can do better," she writes.

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40,000 infants born with congenital heart defects every year

By OBHG Marketing on February 13th, 2018

For most people, the very notion of having heart surgery performed on their newborn is terrifying. In fact, a study published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) found that parents whose children have undergone cardiac surgery had an elevated risk for trauma, depression, and psychological distress. Even though outcomes from infant heart surgery have improved over the past decades, the prospect nonetheless induces anxiety.

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Why choose OBHG over an in-house option?

By OBHG Marketing on February 6th, 2018

Today, hospitals face more issues and challenges than ever before. Certification and scope of practice are key issues. But even greater is the skyrocketing costs of healthcare. The more the industry tries to rein in costs and streamline care, the bigger role hospitalists play. Hospitalists address a wide range of issues from efficiency of care, pay-for-performance measures and increasing patient capacity, to quality incentives and quality improvement in patient safety and care.

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California OBHG hospital partners make 2017 C-section honor roll

By OBHG Marketing on January 26th, 2018

Earlier this month, the California Health and Human Service Agency (CHHS) and Smart Care California released their 2017 C-section honor roll, recognizing hospitals that met or surpassed a 23.9 percent C-section birth rate for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. OBHG is proud that 11 of our 18 California hospital partners made the honor roll, and all but one made the list for two consecutive years. The full honor roll lists 111 hospitals, accounting for 45 percent of California's 242 hospitals that offer maternity services.

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