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Joint Commission to Publicly Report Cesarean Section Rates by July 2020

The Joint Commission will begin publicly reporting hospitals with consistently high cesarean birth rates on Quality Check® by July 1, 2020, using data reported by hospitals during the calendar years 2018 and 2019. This designation will be based on hospitals’ rates on the perinatal care (PC) Cesarean Birth measure PC-02, which measure the rates of cesarean births among
a subset of the general obstetric population of low-risk women having their first birth with a term, singleton baby in a vertex position (NTSV). The Joint Commission began to require accredited hospitals to collect and submit data on PC-02 in 2010. However, The Joint Commission deferred publicly reported hospitals’ rates on Quality Check. Since 2010, PC-02 rates among all reporting hospitals have remained around 26% without evidence of trends toward improvement. In 2017 25% of the hospitals reporting had rates greater than 30%. This led The Joint Commission to reexamine its position on public reporting.

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