BREAKING: Leapfrog Group Lauds Progress on Reducing Elective Early Labor Induction Nationwide | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

BREAKING: Leapfrog Group Lauds Progress on Reducing Elective Early Labor Induction Nationwide

March 3, 2014
by Mark Hagland
| Reprints
The health alliance takes credit for being the first to public report outcomes in the early-induction area

Leaders at the Washington, D.C.-based Leapfrog Group took credit for public reporting of elective early inductions of infant labor on March 3, when health alliance announced results from its 2013 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which showed such elective inductions decreasing for the third year in a row among Leapfrog-surveyed hospitals, with the national average among surveyed hospitals hitting the target rate of under 5 percent for the first time.

 “This is one of the most extraordinary examples of progress in healthcare that I’ve seen in my career, Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, said in a statement upon the release of the survey results. “It shows that public reporting can galvanize change, and that saves lives.”

As Leapfrog’s March 3 press release noted, “Early elective deliveries—inductions or cesarean procedures performed prior to 39 completed weeks gestation without medical necessity—carry risks to babies and mothers. They can also result in NICU [neonatal intensive care unit] admissions, increased length of stay, and higher costs to patients and payers,” the press release added, noting that “The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has advised against these deliveries for over 30 years.”

Leapfrog leaders leapt forward to take credit for the shift, noting that “Leapfrog was the first to publicly report rates of early elective deliveries by hospital,” and adding that “the vast majority of states are now reporting early elective delivery average rates of less than 10 percent, with standouts like California, Colorado, Maine and Massachusetts boasting rates at 3 percent or lower.” CEO Binder noted that dramatic improvements have taken place in states like South Carolina, where payment reform penalties are effectively discouraging such elective early inductions.

Healthcare Informatics has been involved in tracking this trend, and in publishing case studies of leader organizations in this area. Indeed, the number-two winning team in the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards program this year, the leadership of North Memorial HealthCare in Robbinsdale, Minn., has been engaged in organization-wide continuous performance improvement, with the very first project leveraging data for such work, taking place around this same issue—elective pre-term labor inductions.

HCI will continue to report on ongoing progress in this area.

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Industry Organizations Praise Senate Passage of VA Mission Act

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed, by a vote of 92-5, a major Veterans Affairs (VA) reform bill that includes health IT-related provisions to improve health data exchange between VA healthcare providers and community care providers.

NIH Issues Funding Announcement for All of Us Genomic Research Program

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) “All of Us” Research Program has issued a funding announcement for genome centers to generate genotype and whole genome sequence data from participants’ biosamples.

MGMA: Physician Compensation Data Illustrates Nationwide PCP Shortage

Primary care physicians’ compensation rose by more than 10 percent over the past five years, representing an increase which is nearly double that of specialty physicians’ compensation over the same period, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Circulation, Buoy Health Collaborate on Integrated Platform for Patient Transportation

Boston-based startup Circulation Health, a ride-ordering exchange that coordinates medical transportation logistics using Lyft and other transportation partners, is partnering with Buoy Health, also based in Boston, to integrate their platforms to provide patients with an end-to-end healthcare experience.

HITRUST Provides NIST Cybersecurity Framework Certification

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), security and privacy standards development and accreditation organization, announced this week a certification program for the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (Framework).

Report: Interoperability in NHS England Faces Similar Barriers as U.S. Healthcare

Electronic patient record interoperability in NHS England is benefiting patient care, but interoperability efforts are facing barriers, including limited data sharing and cumbersome processes falling outside of the clinician workflow, according to a KLAS Research report.