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January 25, 2012
CPR-LOGO-2010-Final

Hello {FIRST_NAME},

 

Does the way we pay for labor and delivery services today encourage unnecessary and potentially harmful medical intervention in childbirth?  The Leapfrog Group today released data on the rate of elective, pre-term deliveries at hospitals in the U.S.  While hospitals have reduced the rate over the prior year, it is still far too common for babies to be delivered through elective cesareans or induction prior to 39 weeks gestation.  Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) applauds Leapfrog and the hospitals participating in its survey for focusing on an aspect of maternity care that has been moving in a disturbing direction.  CPR is working alongside Leapfrog to reverse these trends.  All of the current pressures that have led to excessive medical intervention in labor and delivery result in higher costs and worse outcomes for mothers and babies.  In particular, our current approach to payment may provide perverse financial incentives to intervene in birth when it’s not medically necessary. 

 

CPR is supporting employers, other health care purchasers and health plans to change the way they pay for labor and delivery services to encourage adherence to clinical guidelines. 

To view CPR's tools, click here.

  

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