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LA Best Babies Network Perinatal Healthcare Improvement

A world with lower rates of obesity, diabetes, cancer, birth defects and depression begins with healthy mothers and babies. If every pregnant woman received the best possible perinatal care, over time, billions of dollars would be saved in health care, education, corrections costs, lost productivity and sick days.

"The window to make the greatest difference for lifelong health, for the least cost, is at the very beginning of life." —M. Lynn Yonekura, MD

Your commitment to improving the quality of health care can be the catalyst for better health for women, infants and the community at large, and greater cost efficiency within your organization.

When you partner with LA Best Babies Network, we help you incorporate evidence-based clinical guidelines into your practice that can improve pregnancy outcomes, increase capacity, and leverage limited time and resources to strengthen your organization's bottom line.

 

What is Care Quality Improvement?

Improving perinatal health care is not about working harder. It is about changing how we work and what we do. Through care quality improvement, we can incorporate recommended, evidence-based guidelines to enhance healthcare delivery systems, and infant and maternal health.

 

What is the Perinatal Health Collaborative of LA?

The Collaborative involves a team approach for improving clinic performance and the health and well-being of patients. Over the course of five years, the Collaborative has helped more than 20 clinics to set and achieve ambitious goals in the delivery of care.

Participating clinics use evidence-based strategies to track their patients' perinatal care, and link them to social support services in their communities. They also commit to the Collaborative's ambitious goals to:

  • Reduce preterm births by 20%
  • Increase breastfeeding by 50%
  • Increase 6-week postpartum visits by 50%

 

Why and How it Works

The framework for LA Best Babies Network's Perinatal Health Collaborative was adapted from state and national evidence-based guidelines. Built on three theoretical models, the framework comprises: The Care Model1, the Model for Improvement 2, and the Breakthrough SeriesTM Learning Collaborative Model3. As a result of participating in the Collaborative:

  • More than 87%of women were screened for depression at the onset of care, up from baseline rates as low as 40%
  • 88% of high-risk women were screened for gestational diabetes
  • 85% of women received urine culture screenings
  • 38% of women exclusively breastfed in the first week of life (an 85% increase over the baseline)
  • These increases were sustained for more than 5 months
  • 6-week postpartum visits increased from 48% to 61%
  • Over 90% of women seen at 6 weeks postpartum were screened for depression.

 

How Your Organization Benefits

Even when evidence-based clinical guidelines that can improve pregnancy outcomes are known, existing office systems are often not set up to allow clinic staff to follow them consistently.

Partnering with LA Best Babies Network to improve perinatal health care can help your organization maximize efficiency and effectiveness, so that you can thrive in a fast-changing marketplace. We can help you deliver the highest level of care, improve outcomes, reduce operating costs and increase capacity. Your organization will learn to:

  • Maximize use of time
  • Reduce duplication of services
  • Increase client satisfaction
  • Reduce staff turnover
  • Qualify for Federal Healthcare Reform provisions such as
    • Incentives for quality improvement
    • Pay performance for postpartum visits
    • Accreditation as an Accountable Care Organization Meet national health goals
    • Improve health outcomes for women and infants

 

Why Collaboration Makes Sense

Building the capacity of healthcare organizations and practices to improve the quality of services requires the commitment and participation of executive leaders, providers, staff and healthcare consumers.

An integrated approach ensures that women, infants and families receive coordinated, culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate perinatal care that follows evidence-based guidelines for health promotion, assessment screening, evaluation, intervention and follow-up.

The Network will provide training and continuing education workshops, faculty for clinical updates, an improvement advisor for coaching on the improvement process, links to resources and tools, exclusive technology tools to help you transition to on-site data entry and tracking of your improvement efforts, and more.

 

Start Achieving Optimum Performance Today

The health of the women and infants you care for depends on your organization's ability to provide outstanding, comprehensive care in a manner that is timely, thorough, culturally appropriate and guided by the latest scientific evidence.

Contact us today for an assessment to determine how your organization can improve patient outcomes and ensure that expectant mothers and babies receive the best start.

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  2. Langley GJ, Nolan KM, Nolan TW, Norman CL, Provost LP. The Improvement Guide. San Francisco, CA Jossey-Bass, 1996. 
  3. Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. Exploring the Business Case for Improving the Quality of Health Care for Children. Health Affairs, 23, no. 4 (2004): 159 -166.
  4. The Breakthrough Series: IHI’s Collaborative Model for Achieving Breakthrough Improvement. HIN Innovation Series white paper. Boston: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; 2003. www.ihi.org