New York State Obstetrical and Neonatal Quality Collaborative (NYSONQC)

Project Aim

The current aims and measures reflect the overall Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Neonatal Outcome Improvement Project (NOIP) aims and measures.

  • NOIP Primary Aim: To reduce mortality, burden of illness, and costs associated with low birth weight and prematurity
  • NOIP Secondary Aim: Build capability within state agencies--specifically Medicaid--to support quality improvement, including productive connections with health care delivery organizations

Project Goals and Measures

A set of measures to go with the interventions developed by CMS and NICHQ in 2007 will show improvement. By September 2013, we aim to improve maternal and newborn outcomes, and establish capability within New York State for ongoing quality improvement/transformation of healthcare by applying evidence-based healthcare system change interventions in Regional Perinatal Center (RPC) Obstetrical and Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs).

The two interventions that NYSDOH will initially focus on are:

  1. Obstetrical: Reducing the number of scheduled deliveries performed without appropriate indication in women of 36 to 38 weeks (inclusive) gestation;
  2. Neonatal: reduce state-wide the percentage of newborns < 31 weeks gestational age that are discharged from the NICU below the tenth percentile.

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