FYI: Improving Maternity Care in Oregon

March 4, 2016   |  Tags: Blog   |  Tags: Measurement , QI
Meghan Haggard

In April 2015, Q Corp launched the Oregon Maternal Data Center (OMDC).  An interactive web tool designed to support hospitals improving maternity care related to labor and delivery.  Since its launch the OMDC has enrolled 14 hospitals covering over 40 percent of the births in the state.  With the second year approaching, Q Corp is looking towards the future including enrolling more hospitals and also working to expand the metrics from inpatient to outpatient maternity care.

The OMDC was a vision of the Oregon Perinatal Collaborative (OPC), a group of - providers and organizations interested in improving maternity care in Oregon.  The OPC began with the March of Dimes’ efforts in 2011 to stop Early Elective Deliveries (EED) in Oregon.  This goal brought a diverse group of stakeholders to the table to share ideas and solutions.  The stakeholders continued to meet after pushing for the successful implementation of the hard stop policy at hospitals across the state regarding EED.

The OPC focus shifted to other areas of maternity care improvement and a subgroup was formed to discuss data and measurement.  This subcommittee prioritized a list of performance and quality improvement measures across the perinatal care spectrum from prenatal to postpartum and early childhood. The first step to gathering this information was to launch the OMDC which collects clinical data elements from participating hospitals on the care moms and babies receive while in the hospital for delivery.

With the successful launch of the OMDC, Q Corp will now be shifting its focus towards gathering data on the measures in the OPC prioritized list.  Q Corp will also be working with the OPC to begin exploring the best ways to share the information from the OMDC with a larger audience to increase transparency related to maternity care in Oregon. In addition to working on reporting the prioritized list of measures, Q Corp continues to recruit and enroll more hospitals across the state to gain a more complete look at the care being provided to mothers and babies during their delivery stay.

Learn more about maternity care in oregon and the OMDC Project.

Meghan Haggard is a program manager at Q Corp. She joined the Q Corp team in 2014, and has been involved in a variety of projects, including Total Cost of Care, Oregon Maternal Data Center and the Patient-Centered Primary Care Institute. Prior to beginning work at Q Corp, Meghan served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Yamhill County Public Health, where she learned about health care transformation taking place in Oregon and the CCO model. Meghan received a Master’s of Public Health from the University of South Florida in 2012, where she served on the board of the Global Health Student Association, an organization working to send students on a week-long service learning trip once a year. When not working, Meghan enjoys reading, watching movies and generally lounging with her dogs.