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California sees slight dip in C-section rates, but challenges remain

California’s hospitals have scored modest gains in their efforts to minimize the number of Cesarean sections performed on women at low risk of complications, according to data released Monday. But the data also show that as a group, the state’s medical facilities still have not hit a national target and many remain far from reaching the goal.

In addition, there continues to be wide variation in how facilities perform on this measure, says Dr. Bruce Spurlock, executive director of the California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Task Force, a multi-stakeholder group that published 2014 data on hospital performance.

“Californians deserve better care and more active improvement than we’ve seen,” Spurlock says.