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Reducing Early Elective Births Could Save $1B Annually
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Of the 757 hospitals that volunteer to report data on obstetric care quality, too many have obstetricians who still schedule dangerous elective Cesareans and inductions too early rather than encouraging spontaneous deliveries, according to the Leapfrog Group’s second survey of the practice, the only one of its kind.

The rate, however, has improved a little in the last year. Of those voluntarily reporting hospitals, 39% reported a rate of 5% or fewer elective newborn deliveries, compared with 30% from the previous year, said Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder.