Rates of Early Elective Births 'Disturbing,' Says Watchdog Group
She said, however, that at Leapfrog, "we're looking at the outcomes, we're looking at the data. We want to know what's going on so our purchasers can make good decisions about insuring that employees are getting the best quality care."
Binder added that at Leapfrog "we do think that hospitals have a bottom-line responsibility for what goes on within their walls. As consumers, we need to trust that when we walk in the door of a hospital, that all precautions are taken to protect our health and safety and that of our babies."
“Hospitals must look to the recommendations of the ACOG and work with their physicians to end elective deliveries before 39 weeks," said Jack Ludmir, MD, chair, AHA Section for Maternal and Child Health and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital. "Elective delivery prior to 39 weeks, that is deliveries without medical indication, is not an acceptable obstetrical practice.” Ludmir also is vice chair of obstetrics and gynecology and director of obstetrical services at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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