Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Special Statement: Quality metric for timely postpartum follow-up after severe hypertension

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), Patient Safety and Quality Committee

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Abstract

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. Because postpartum exacerbation of severe hypertension is common, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that patients with severe hypertension during the childbirth hospitalization be seen within 72 hours after discharge. In this statement, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine proposes a uniform metric reflecting the rate of timely postpartum follow-up of patients with severe hypertension. The metric is designed to be measured using automated calculations based on billing codes derived from claims data. The metric can be used in quality improvement projects to increase the rate of timely follow-up in patients with severe hypertension during the childbirth hospitalization. Suggested steps for implementing such a project are outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)B2-B8
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Volume227
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2022

Keywords

  • chronic hypertension
  • eclampsia
  • gestational hypertension
  • HELLP syndrome
  • preeclampsia
  • quality measure
  • severe hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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