Obstetrics Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program

  1. What is OB COAP?
  2. How does OB COAP make a difference for prospective patients?
  3. How does OB COAP make a difference for hospitals?
  4. How can you be involved or find out more?

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OB COAP Participation

  • Enrollment is open to hospitals of any size, location and level of care.
  • Membership fees are based on the Perinatal and Neonatal Level of Care Designation (Levels I, II, III)
  • OB COAP has an open enrollment and annual membership dues are pro-rated to the month of joining.
  • Information from 100% of deliveries is entered into an online database that provides real-time access to a site’s own data and the ability to run reports at the aggregate, institution or provider level. Rolling 4 quarter reports are provided to each site along with in-depth analyses and discussion of current issues and topics of interest.
  • OB COAP staff and/or current participants are happy to visit your site and/or set up a web conference to discuss the opportunities and advantages of participation.

Current Participants

  • Evergreen Hospital, Kirkland
  • Island Hospital, Anacortes
  • Northwest Hospital, Seattle
  • Prosser Memorial Hospital, Prosser
  • Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett
  • Skagit Valley Hospital, Mt. Vernon
  • Swedish Medical Center – Ballard, Seattle
  • Swedish Medical Center – First Hill, Seattle
  • Swedish Medical Center – Issaquah
  • Sunnyside Community Hospital, Sunnyside
  • Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Yakima

OB COAP Management Committee

OB COAP is a clinician-run quality improvement collaborative that derives its leadership from a Management Committee made up of participants, stakeholders and thought leaders in OB in Washington State. Establishing which outcomes to focus on, setting best practice standards, and creating opportunities for education and other efforts which will effect change are all responsibilities of this committee. Any current or prospective member of OB COAP is welcome to attend these monthly meetings.

Current Members of the OB COAP Management Committee:

Frank Andersen, MD Senior Medical Director, Clinical Informatics
Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett
Tom Benedetti, MD, MHA Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Washington Medical Center
Angela Chien, MD Obstetrician
Evergreen Healthcare
Jessie Correa, RN Quality Manager
Sunnyside Community Hospital
Karly Floyd, RN Central WA Perinatal Regional Network Coordinator
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
Rick Goss, MD, MPH Medical Director
Harborview Medical Center
Dan Lessler, MD, MHA Chief Medical Officer
Washington State Health Care Authority
Audrey Levine, LM, CPM Licensed Midwife
Midwives Association of Washington State
Peter Nielsen, MD COL, MC, USA, Director Clinical Operations
Western Regional Medical Command, Madigan Army Medical Center
Erin O’Harra Quality Data Analyst – Quality Management
Evergreen Healthcare
Carl Olden, MD Family Medicine
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
Pat Proctor, RN, MSN Director Family Birth & Medical Pediatric Centers
Skagit Valley Hospital
Peter (Drew) Robillio, MD Medical Director, Women’s Services
Franciscan Health Systems
Mara Zabari, RN, MPA-HA Director, Integrated Care, Partnership for Patients
Washington State Hospital Association

Current Advisors to the OB COAP Management Committee:

Terry Rogers, MD, CEO Foundation for Health Care Quality
Gyula Sziraczky, President Armus Corporation

What is OB COAP?

The Foundation for Health Care Quality (FHCQ), a nationally recognized 501(c)3 not-for-profit based in Seattle, is home to several programs dedicated to reducing variations in outcomes and improving the quality of care for patients in the state of Washington. Using a unique model of clinician-led, data-driven collaboration, these clinical quality improvement programs have for almost 20 years, proven incredibly effective at promoting the changes which result both in better care for patients and in lower costs.

One of these programs, the Obstetrics Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program – OB COAP – is built on this same foundation of success and focuses on the decisions made during labor and delivery. Following its pilot program in 2010, OB COAP has steadily grown and now has participants representing almost 1/3 of the deliveries in the state. Its members include hospitals that are perinatal levels I, II, and III; urban, suburban and rural; those with over 7000 and those with fewer than 200 deliveries per year. The data collection, activities and discussions that take place within OB COAP are protected as a Certified Quality Improvement Program (CQIP) under RCW 43.70.510.

OB COAP uses provider-specific, chart-abstracted data about the care given to women during labor, delivery and the postpartum period as the basis for analysis and discussion. Outcomes for newborns as well as moms are also included. These data are analyzed to evaluate labor management practices and interventions commonly used in labor and delivery and compare implications of care decisions. The collaborative nature of the discussions that follow allow for opportunities to explore methods for actionable and sustainable improvements.

How does OB COAP make a difference for prospective patients?

Approximately 87,000 births occur in Washington State each year in 67 hospitals and midwife attended birth centers or in homes. Significant variations exist in the care provided to these women. Cesarean section rates vary between 15% and 48% – regardless of hospital size, practitioner type, use of standardized protocols, or level of care provided. Obstetrical care lags behind many other specialties that have developed evidence-based best practice guidelines and protocols.

By providing an environment that promotes raising quality for everyone, hospital participation in OB COAP can help patients make informed choices and be assured that their practitioner and hospital of choice are engaged in an ongoing effort to provide the highest quality of care. Just as consumers would not buy an automobile from a company that only tests for safety against its own internal standards; patients are interested in knowing that their healthcare is subject to rigorous external quality measurement as well.

How does OB COAP make a difference for hospitals?

By having access to accurate, real-time, clinical data, OB COAP participants can respond to and facilitate changes which address issues with both quality and resource use. Demonstrated improvements in the primary cesarean rate and adherence to labor management and NQF guidelines, as well as analyses of the ramifications (both intended and unintended) of these changes, are just a few examples of how a hospital can benefit.

Illustrations of improvements that have occurred over the past 4 quarters of OB COAP participation (Q4 2012 – Q3 2013):

Hospital A

  • Total Cesarean: reduced from 32.8% to 27.6%
  • NQF Guideline/Breast Feeding on Discharge: increased from 49.0% to 64.0%
  • NQF Guideline/Episiotomy: decreased from 10.3% to 0%

Hospital B

  • Inductions: reduced from 45.5% to 25.8%
  • Primary Cesarean Rate: reduced from 19.7% to 11.5%
  • Bree Guideline/1st stage Cesarean for Dystocia at 6 cm or More: increased from 20.0% to 50.0%
  • NQF guideline/Breast Feeding on Discharge: increased from 74.1% to 83.0%
  • NQF Guideline/Episiotomy: reduced from 12.5% to 8.6%

Hospital C

  • Primary Cesarean Rate: reduced from 12.4% to 9.2%
  • Bree Guideline/Cervix on Admission in Spontaneous Labor at Term at 4 cm or More: increased from 43.4% to 64.5%
  • Bree Guideline/1st stage Cesarean for Dystocia at 6 cm or More: increased from 40.9% to 84.0%

Hospitals are subjected to incredible demands on resources and a plethora of reporting requirements. OB COAP is the only resource that allows for the complete reporting of the process measures set forth by the Bree Collaborative and the Safe Deliveries Road Map. Administrative data sources are fraught with issues in accuracy and timeliness, and the high quality data upon which OB COAP is based allow hospitals and providers to be assured that their reporting for metrics such as attribution are correct.

For small and rural hospitals, OB COAP has particular resonance. What’s often absent in rural hospitals is a team of obstetrical peers. OB COAP allows practitioners to participate in an environment which gives them ongoing access to opportunities for collaboration. Much like the simulation labs for shoulder dystocia and post-partum hemorrhage, the ability to discuss and learn from others’ experiences helps ensure consistent quality care.

How can you be involved or find out more?

There is no doubt that as OB COAP continues to grow, the care given during labor and delivery and the resulting outcomes for moms and babies will improve. OB COAP invites all hospitals in Washington State to participate. We will be happy to visit your site to discuss how your hospital, providers and patients can benefit from OB COAP, how to maximize OB COAP to assist with all of your reporting requirements, and connect you with other member hospitals.

A hallmark feature of this collaborative quality improvement process is leadership from its Management Committee. This governing board has members and advisors that represent the participants, stakeholders and thought leaders in OB in Washington State. Establishing which outcomes to focus on, setting best practice standards, and creating opportunities for education and other efforts which will effect change are all responsibilities of this committee. High quality, clinical data are used to make these decisions and chart the direction for change – which is the true nature of collaborative quality improvement. OB COAP invites any interested physicians and other OB practitioners, to attend this monthly meeting and to let us know if you would like to be involved.

To inquire about OB COAP’s processes, reports, and successes, contact Ellen Kauffman, MD, at ekauffman@qualityhealth.org or (206) 351-0513. If you are interested in getting your hospital involved in the program, would like to attend a management committee meeting, or have an interest in talking with current participants about how OB COAP has helped them make changes, please contact Kristin Sitcov, the OB COAP program director at ksitcov@qualityhealth.org, or (206) 682-2811, ext. 23.

OB COAP Annual Meeting

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Thursday June 5, 2014 -10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

SeaTac Airport Hotel & Conference Center

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Background

The Obstetrics Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program (OB COAP) is designed to facilitate physician leaders and hospitals working together in a voluntary and collaborative way to review clinical outcomes data and seek improvements in labor and delivery care.

OB COAP is a new project of the Foundation for Health Care Quality (FHCQ) a nationally recognized not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation that has conducted physician-led research for over 20 years. OB COAP will add to this solid track record to address and improve obstetric care in Washington State.

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OB COAP Staff

Ellen Kauffman, MD
OB COAP Medical Director
(206) 351.0513
ekauffman@qualityhealth.org

Kristin Sitcov
OB COAP Program Director
206.682.2811, ext 23
ksitcov@qualityhealth.org

Terry Rogers, MD, FACP
CEO, FHCQ 
206.682.2811, ext 17
trogers@qualityhealth.org