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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.
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.
Should you still get a flu shot? Experts say it's not too late
Parents are understandably freaking out about the severity of this year's flu, which has so far killed 30 children, according to the CDC. For the first time, the entire country except Hawaii and DC is reporting widespread flu, with many cases from a particularly nasty strain called H3N2. The first question on every parent's mind is, "What can I do to keep my child from catching it?"
Rates of flu are skyrocketing in the U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking high rates especially in the South, Midwest, Southwest, and West.
Lost in the flurry of news stories is the startling and alarming report from the CDC in December that only about one-third of pregnant women are getting flu shots. A startling 64 percent of pregnant women had not been vaccinated against the flu, despite recommendations from the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
We are proud to announce that OBHG Certified Nurse Midwife Christina Kopingon, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, has been appointed to the American Health Council's Board of Nurses. Kopingon serves as Midwife Team Lead at our OB hospitalist program at Bethesda Hospital East, in Boynton Beach, FL. Congratulations, Christina!
Over the past couple years, the Zika virus has stolen the spotlight from other concerns that newly pregnant women may have. As they worry that Zika infection can increase their risk for bearing a child with birth defects such as microcephaly, they may be interested to know that a certain dietary deficiency also can elevate the risk for birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects (NTDs).
That critical preventive nutrient is vitamin B-9 or folic acid.
On December 31, 2017, KevinMD.com featured an editorial from OBHG hospitalist and Senior Director of Medical Operations Dr. Charles Jaynes. In the article, Jaynes, a 34-year private OB/GYN veteran, writes why he supports hospitalist medicine while presenting perspectives from hospital leadership, patients, and private physicians alike.
Recently, Dr. Karen Scott, OB hospitalist at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, CA, was quoted in an NBC News feature article titled "The elephant in the delivery room: How doctor bias hurts brown and black mothers." The story focuses on the poor treatment minority women report experiencing in the delivery room due to ethnicity, cultural background, or language.
Medical malpractice liability is a persistent concern in healthcare. Nationally, costs related to malpractice liability top roughly $150 billion annually, and one of the most significant risk areas is in obstetrics.