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Fixing the Pressure Tank: The Role of Operational Management in Safely Reducing Primary Cesarean Deliveries

A collaborative effort between NPIC & Ariadne Labs: Learning to Safely Decrease Cesarean Section Rates.

This webinar provides an overview of how NPIC member hospitals can participate in a study to examine the impact of modifiable system constraints on the cesarean epidemic. This research has the potential to make a significant contribution to clinical practice and to the field of obstetrics.

Participating member hospitals will be required to sign an addendum to their NPIC Data Sharing Agreement, allowing NPIC to provide a de-identified copy of hospital data. Upon completion of the study, participants will be provided with valuable benchmarking information.

Recorded: September 24, 2014
Duration:   1 hour
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Presented by:

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH
Executive Director
Ariadne Labs

LaVona Wilkes Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Woman's Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health. He has also been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1998 and written three bestselling books: Complications, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002; Better, which was selected as one of the ten best books of 2007 by; and The Checklist Manifesto. He has been recognized for both his writing and his research work, winning two National Magazine Awards, Academy Health's Impact Award for highest research impact on health care, a MacArthur Fellowship, and having been named a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Neel Shah, MD, MPP
Spark Grantee and Faculty Investigator, BetterBirth Program
Ariadne Labs

Jeannette Zocco Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and associate faculty at the Ariadne Labs for Health Systems Innovation. His work broadly aims to help clinicians make decisions that lead to the best possible care at lower costs. As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Shah cares for patients from childbirth through menopause and practices both primary care and surgery. In addition, he is the Founder and Executive Director of Costs of Care, a nationally recognized nonprofit that helps caregivers deflate medical bills. He has been listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review, and profiled in the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, and other outlets for his efforts to expose how low value care can cause financial harm to patients. Dr. Shah completed residency at Brigham & Women's Hospital and received degrees in medicine and public policy from Brown Medical School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a co-author of the textbook, Understanding Value-Based Care expected from McGraw-Hill in early 2015.

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