Public Health Data in Action: An Analysis of Using Louisiana Vital Statistics for Quality Improvement and Payment Reform

Introduction In 2012, the Louisiana (LA) Department of Health and Hospitals revised the LA birth certificate to include medical reasons for births before 39 completed weeks’ gestation. We compared the completeness and validity of these data with hospital discharge records. Methods For births occurring 4/1/2012–9/30/2012 at Woman’s Hospital of Baton Rouge… CONTINUE READING