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FPQC Fall 2017 Newsletter

Florida Hospitals Promote Primary Vaginal Deliveries in New Initiative
The FPQC launched a new statewide project aimed at reducing primary Cesarean section delivery in low-risk first-time mothers. 45 Florida hospitals attended the initiative's Kick Off.

FPQC Launches Initiative to Increase Access to LARC
The FPQC, Florida health plans, and hospital/residency teams kicked off the Access LARC Initiative on November 3, 2017.

Call for Applications: John Curran Quality Improvement Award
Recognizing a Florida hospital that has made measurable and sustained positive change in a major perinatal quality improvement (QI) indicator through implementation of QI activities.

Upcoming Events
FPQC Project Updates
Mother's Own Milk in the NICU
Since the MOM Initiative began in 2016, the median of VLBW infants whose mothers intend to provide mother's own milk has risen to 100%.

Hospitals are working on process changes to obtain the main outcome: >50% feeding volume as MOM at discharge.
Birth Certificate Accuracy Initiative
Since the launch of the Birth Certificate Initiative (BCI) , the overall average percent accuracy has improved from a baseline of 89% to 93% in September.

Hospitals participate in monthly webinars that include PDSA cycle and flow chart training on how to implement quality improvement measures on difficult key variables. 
PROVIDE and Access LARC Initiatives
Learn more about the Promoting Primary Vaginal Deliveries (PROVIDE) Initiative, launched October 2017, aimed at reducing low-risk cesareans.

Read more about the Access LARC Initiative, launched November 2017, aimed at increasing access to immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception.
Hypertension in Pregnancy in Sustainability Phase
After the Hypertension in Pregnancy (HIP) project concluded, hospitals were invited to participate in a sustainability phase.

Each quarter, participating hospitals will audit a sample of severe hypertension case charts for pregnant or postpartum women. In return, participating hospitals will receive quarterly progress score cards to track their data. 
Perinatal Quality Indicators System
The next reports for participating hospitals are slated for Dec 2017.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis for all Florida delivery hospitals to participate in the initiative . Hospitals can receive hospital-specific (twice-yearly) reports of perinatal indicators comparing themselves to the rest of the state, as well as corresponding data quality reports. 
Coming in 2018: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
If interested in participating, please contact Dr. Maya Balakrishnan at

More information on the NAS Project will be announced in 2018.
FPQC Receives CDC Funding to Support State Perinatal Quality Collaborative
Florida is one of 12 states to be selected to receive funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

QI Corner: TeamSTEPPS Online
AHRQ is modernizing Team STEPPSĀ® , its teamwork and communications program, by focusing on online training , with continuing education credits and a mobile app, both available at no charge.

TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based set of teamwork tools, aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals.