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Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative Set for April Launch; Hospitals Join Forces to Improve Mom and Baby Outcomes

April 08, 2019

The Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC) will launch during April, with a focus on reducing maternal mortality and improving care for pregnant and postpartum women and newborns affected by opioids. Hospitals are encouraged to join the PA PQC by April 17 and to register for the first Learning Collaborative session for the PA PQC on Wednesday, April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Reproductive Health currently is providing support for state-based PQCs. PQCs are networks of teams working to improve the quality of care for mothers and babies across prenatal, labor/birth, newborn, and postpartum services. These teams are typically comprised of physicians, nurses, midwives, social workers, pharmacists, quality and safety leaders, administrators, and other licensed and unlicensed professionals. They identify processes that need to be improved and quickly adopt best practices to achieve collective aims.

More than 140 stakeholders from all the regions of the commonwealth are working together to establish the PA PQC through an advisory group and nine workgroups. They represent state agencies, providers, health system associations, provider associations, health plans, community-based organizations, researchers, foundations, quality improvement collaboratives, and advocates. The workgroups are identifying the drivers, key interventions, and quality metrics to move the needle on the collective aims of the PA PQC. The Jewish Healthcare Foundation and its operating arm, the Women’s Health Activist Movement Global, are helping to administer the work of the PA PQC.

The teams of physicians, nurses, midwives, social workers, pharmacists, quality and safety leaders, administrators, or other licensed and unlicensed professionals from health systems, birth centers, and community providers that join the PA PQC will:

  • Participate in one-day, in-person learning collaborative sessions with continuing education credits on a quarterly basis
  • Launch “Plan, Do, Study, Act” quality improvement cycles in between the learning collaborative sessions, and share what is working well to inform the collective work of the group
  • Attend virtual sessions to support their quality improvement projects
  • Access the Vermont Oxford Network's (VON) Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Universal Training Program and the VON Day Audits to help their organization become a Center of Excellence for Education and Training for Infants and Families Impacted by NAS
  • Aggregate their own data and report the aggregate information through an online data portal, which will trend the outcomes over time and compare it to the outcomes of other provider teams in the PQC

Provider organizations interested in joining the PA PQC should fill out a brief survey to identify the core, multi-disciplinary team that will participate in the PA PQC and lead the quality improvement initiatives at your organization.

For more information about the PA PQC, please contact Robert Ferguson, Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s Director of Government Grants and Policy, at (412) 586-6713, or Jennifer Jordan, HAP’s vice president, regulatory advocacy.

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