39-Weeks Dissemination & Birth Registry Accuracy Project

In 2012, fifteen additional hospitals joined OPQC, and as participants in a new "39-Weeks Pilot Project" which focused on decreasing non-medically indicated births prior to 39 weeks as well as improving birth certificate accuracy. (This is a modified version of the first "39-Weeks Project" that was initiated with the charter member OB hospitals in 2008.) OPQC-Central faculty partnered with key leaders from the Ohio Department of Health Office of Vital Statistics to approach birth certificate inaccuracies within the QI framework.

Ohio has received national recognition from the March of Dimes, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) , as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for this work. Due to this success, OPQC received continued funding to spread this project to the remaining ~80 hospitals in Ohio that offer maternity services. This is especially important since CMS has ruled that hospitals will soon be required to report scheduled deliveries prior to 39 weeks (called Early Elective Deliveries).

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