Cesarean sections (C-sections) show wide variation and overuse nationally and also in Washington State. This workgroup met from December 2011 to July 2012 and developed three primary goals:
- Eliminate all elective deliveries before the 39th week of pregnancy (for which there is no appropriate documentation of medical necessity).
- Decrease elective inductions of labor between 39 and up to 41 weeks.
- Decrease unsupported variation among Washington hospitals in the C-section rate for women who have never had a C-section.
|Theresa Helle||Manager, Health Care Quality & Efficiency Initiatives||The Boeing Company|
|Ellen Kauffman, MD||OB-COAP Medical Director||Foundation for Health Care Quality|
|Robert Mecklenburg, MD||Medical Director, Center for Health Care Solutions||Virginia Mason Medical Center|
|Carl Olden, MD (Chair)||Family Physician||Pacific Crest Family Medicine, Yakima|
|Mary Kay O’Neill, MD, MBA||Executive Medical Director||Regence Blue Shield|
|Dale Reisner, MD||Obstetrician/Gynecologist||Swedish Hospital Perinatologist|
|Terry Rogers, MD||Chief Executive Officer||Foundation for Health Care Quality|
|Roger Rowles, MD||Obstetrician/Gynecologist||Yakima Memorial OB-GYN|