Improving Maternity Care in California

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On behalf of California HealthCare Foundation, CMQCC is spreading the word about this exciting briefing happening on October 1st. Please feel free to distribute widely:

Improving Maternity Care in California

Sacramento Briefing

Wednesday, October 1

12:00 – 1:30 PM

CSAC Conference Center

1020 11th Street, 2nd Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814

REGISTER NOW to attend online, in person, or by phone <>

In the last 15 years, California has seen worrisome increases in death rates for mothers in childbirth and in the percentage of babies delivered by Cesarean section. Cesarean deliveries have jumped 50% over the last decade, despite the lack of evidence that this form of delivery is better than natural childbirth for most mothers and babies. In fact, C-sections now account for one-third of the state’s more than 500,000 births each year, increasing risks of infections and complications and driving medical costs higher. Because Medi-Cal covers half of all births in the state, this has increased costs for taxpayers without improving the health of mothers and babies.

CHCF announces a Sacramento briefing that will explore the state of maternity care in California and key ways it can be improved. Experts will discuss how raising the quality of maternity care is essential to advancing Californians’ health, enhancing patient experiences, and helping to put the Medi-Cal safety net on sound financial footing.

Speakers at the briefing will include:

Neal Kohatsu, MD, medical director, California Department of Health Care Services, which operates the Medi-Cal program David Lagrew, MD, practicing obstetrician-gynecologist and chief of medical informatics, MemorialCare Health System Elliott Main, MD, medical director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative and its California Maternity Data Center Dolores Yanagihara, MPH, vice president of performance measurement for the Integrated HealthCare Association

Lunch will be served to those in attendance. The briefing is open to all interested participants; please share this information with others.


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