Taking Action Express: Hot news on C-Sections and Choosing Wisely

May 13, 2014

The Weekly Buzz: What Hospitals Don’t Want You to Know About C-Sections

New findings from a Consumer Reports investigation confirm anew that in many hospitals, far too many babies enter this world through cesarean section. While some C-sections are absolutely necessary for the health of the mother or baby, the high C-section rates in low-scoring hospitals are “unsupportable by professional guidelines and studies of birth outcomes,” said Elliot Main, M.D., director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative and former chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

Choosing Wisely® Featured by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Experts recently gathered at a Google+ Hangout to discuss the roots of Choosing Wisely, and how it has sparked a cultural shift from “more care is better” to “the right care, and no more.” To watch the video of the event, click here. You can also become part of the ongoing discussion about Choosing Wisely through this link.

Location Influences the Cost of Doctor Visits

“When it comes to the price of visiting a doctor, location matters in Minnesota. If you visit a family care physician for the first time up north in Warren, for example, the bill could run as low as $150. The average charge for the same initial visit at a suburban Minneapolis clinic? Possibly as high as $313.” The St. Cloud Times used the recent federal health care data on Medicare as a starting point to comparison shop.

“The unfortunate thing is consumers don’t even know where to start in asking the question,” said Carolyn Pare, president and CEO of the Minnesota Health Action Group. “And now having this out in the public, to a certain degree, gets consumers asking the question.”

Help and Healing Toolkit: Depression Resources for Care and Recovery

The Minnesota Health Action Group and MN Community Measurement collaborated in designing the Help and Healing toolkit. With May being National Mental Health Month, we are reminding readers that this valuable tool is available to all. In a new guest blogAction Group COO, Kris Soeggard, reflects on how The Action Group and its members are contributing to improving outcomes for patients with depression—- a primary driver of health care costs—- and how all employers can help employees with depression get the care they need.

What is it? Help and Healing is a resource that combines knowledge from clinical practice with quality health care improvement principles.

Who is it for? The toolkit is designed for health care professionals and individuals—-including patients who have depression and their loved ones.

What is the purpose? The goal of the Help and Healing toolkit is to help people with depression get better, faster by improving depression care in Minnesota. Help and Healing provides evidence-based treatment guidance for professionals and easy-to-use resources to speed recovery for people with depression.

Where can I get it? The toolkit can be accessed online.

Minnesota_State_Capitol_5News from the State Capitol

With fewer than 10 days remaining, legislators are hard at work trying to craft the final necessary pieces of the session, namely the capital bonding and supplemental appropriations bills. At the same time, other pieces of legislation are processed on the respective floors of the House and Senate. A timely example this week was Senate File 511, a bill that made changes to the rules and requirements around the practice of advanced practice registered nurses. A hotly debated issue for many years that is sure to continue in 2015 and beyond, SF511 moves APRNs farther along in their ability to practice to the top of their license. Like most compromises, neither side of this debate was entirely satisfied with the outcomes. You can read the full text of the bill here.

The legislature must adjourn by May 19th.

The Action Group continuously monitors developments at the Capitol, representing the collective voice of the people who write the checks for health care, ensuring that patients get the care they need at the right time, in the right place, for the right price.

Thought for the Week

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

Steve Jobs