The Every Week Counts (EWC) collaborative to reduce non-medically indicated scheduled deliveries prior to 39 weeks launched in 2011 and was completed in 2014. EWC was part of the Preparing for a Lifetime initiative and was supported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the March of Dimes, the Office of Perinatal Quality Improvement and the Oklahoma Hospital Association.
From Q1 2011 to Q4 2014, participating Oklahoma birthing hospitals, representing ~ 95% of Oklahoma births, demonstrated a 96% decrease in early elective deliveries! This equates to a decrease from 8 early elective deliveries every day to 1 early elective delivery every 3.5 days. Click here for the final EWC Aggregate report (Q4 2014).
A big THANK YOU for all of the hard work and time given by the participating hospitals. And, thanks also, to the partners who have supported this work.
Congratulations on a job well done!
While the Every Weeks Counts collaborative has concluded, hospitals are still required to submit their early elective delivery data to CMS. This is reported using the Joint Commission’s Perinatal Care Core Measure, Elective Delivery (PC-01). This data is reported publicly at https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare.
Details on PC-01 can be found on the Joint Commission website at https://manual.jointcommission.org.
Some hospitals may wish to utilize our data collection tools to assist them in collecting the PC-01 data and in monitoring their early elective delivery rates:
(NOTE: These data tools are locked to prevent accidental deletion of the formulas. Users may unlock a sheet with the password “ewc”.)