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ACNM Washington Affiliate is a state-based affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the national professional organization of certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives.
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The ACNM

Benchmarking Project:

Local Excellence!

The ACNM Benchmarking Project is vital to the future of midwifery care, quality, and access in the United States as a professional self-maintenance strategy and as a method of quality assurance, allowing participating practices to compare themselves to practices that are similar in size and environment. 

Best Practices:

Top Three Practices in each category

Best practices are named based on the data reported by the practice being one of the top three practices in that category. The purpose of naming “best practice” is to recognize practices that are performing well. Locally, following two practices achieved the top three status.

 

Best Practices-Triple Aim Achievement

Primary cesarean birth rate < 23.9%, preterm birth rate < 11.4%,

exclusive breastfeeding first 48 hours > 81%, reporting fiscal outcomes

 

“Triple Aim” Best Practice recognizes practices which meet the Institute for Healthcare Improvement “Triple Aim” of improving the patient experience, reducing cost of care, and improving the health of populations. This is demonstrated by high breastfeeding rates, low preterm birth and cesarean rates, and reporting fiscal variables. Of the 285 practices participating in the 2015 ACNM Benchmarking Project, seventy-one practices were designated Triple Aim Best Practices.

Locally, Swedish Midwifery and Women's Health Issaquah received this recognition.

Best Practices- Four Core Perinatal Measures

Induction of Labor <10%, primary cesarean birth rate < 15%, episiotomy < 2%, exclusive breastfeeding first 48 hours > 75%

 

The “4 Core” Best Practice designation has been designed to acknowledge practices achieving nationally established benchmarks for physiologic birth. These four measures are harmonized with the National Quality Forum (NQF) and Joint Commission perinatal quality measures. Of the 285 practices participating in the 2015 ACNM Benchmarking project, 27 practices achieved all four benchmarks.

Locally, Swedish Midwifery and Women's Health Issaquah received this recognition.