04/21/21

OBHG California hospital partners recognized for efforts in improving pregnancy outcomes

Nearly half of OBHG’s current hospital partners in California were recently recognized by the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) for their maternal quality and engagement efforts. Congratulations the following OBHG partners recognized by CMQCC:

Adventist Health Glendale
El Camino Health – Los Gatos
El Camino Health – Mountain View
Huntington Memorial Hospital
Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murieta
Orange Coast Medical Center
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center
Redlands Community Hospital
St. Mary Medical Center – Apple Valley
USC Verdugo Hills

The awards were presented to CMQCC member hospitals that go above and beyond in improving the quality of care for California’s pregnant patients. In 2022, CMQCC will add more awards –  including awards for meeting and sustaining target rates for NTSV Cesarean deliveries and timely treatment of severe hypertension.

“CMQCC focuses on some of the same metrics that are priorities to our OB hospitalist teams, including improving outcomes related to maternal hypertensive disorders and reducing unnecessary C-sections,” said Dr. Amy VanBlaricom, OBHG vice president, clinical operations. “We are proud of our California hospital partners that made CMQCC’s list and are continuing to work very closely with all of our hospitals to support and expand their efforts in these areas.”

OBHG’s focus on C-section reductions

Next year, CMQCC will present awards to hospitals that achieve a NTSV C-section target of 23.9% or below for two years, and a rate of 23.6% or below in 2021. In California, OBHG’s current NTSV C-section rate for the deliveries OBHG clinicians perform is 20.9%.

OBHG is heavily focused on improving outcomes related to reducing unnecessary C-sections. One of OBHG’s California hospital partners saw a substantial reduction in their C-section rate after OBHG clinicians collaborated with hospital leadership and community physicians to lower the rate from about 40 percent to 20 percent within a three-month span.

Across the nation, an increasing number of state and national organizations are encouraging hospitals to reduce C-sections. Click here to read about the Joint Commission’s new initiative to publicly report hospital performance on NTSV cesarean birth rates.