Every Week Counts ended in 2014, but the effort to eliminate early elective deliveries continues. As an annual update, the Office of Perinatal Quality Improvement created a report sent to hospitals that includes individual hospital data from Hospital Compare and updated Oklahoma birth certificate data. The data from Hospital has shown that the average PC-01 rates of Oklahoma hospitals have held steady with an overall PC-01 rate of 3%. The national rate decreased from 3% to 2%. Birth certificate data through 2016 indicates a trending increase in the percentage of babies born between 36 and 38 completed weeks of gestation.
Individual hospital data is reported on CMS’s Hospital Compare website and is available to the public. Hospitals are encouraged to continuously monitor their PC-01 rates. Hospitals submit data to CMS utilizing the Joint Commission’s National Quality Core Measure in Perinatal Care, Elective Delivery (PC-01). This measure is periodically updated, and the current version of the measure can be found at manual.jointcommission.org. PC-01 is based on ICD-10 coding. The tables listing the codes used in each measure (including Table 11.07) are located in Appendix A of the manual.
For more information: Every Week STILL Counts – 2017