Q: Do hospitals submit data to the FPQC? Where does the data come from?
A: No, hospitals do not submit data to the FPQC. Data used for the indicators comes birth certificate and inpatient hospital discharge data. Birth certificate data is provided by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and inpatient hospital discharge data is provided to the FPQC by the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA).
Q: Are we responsible for reviewing our quarterly data reports and identifying areas for improvement?
A: Yes, as part of this initiative, your hospital is committing to reviewing reports and identifying areas for improvement. Your hospital should identify a quality improvement project related to the perinatal indicators.
Q: Are these the only six indicators?
A: Currently, hospitals will be provided with these six initial indicators. However, new indicators are being developed continuously. There is potential for many additional perinatal indicators; California has more than 40 indicators.
Q: How timely are the Quality Indicator reports we would receive?
A: Your hospital will receive Quality Indicator reports quarterly with the most recent data available. The timeliness of the data will depend on the specific indicators and the data sources used to measure the indicator. Some indicators will be three months behind while others may six months behind or more.
Q: What kind of assistance will the FPQC provide for Perinatal Indicator hospitals?
A: The FPQC team is glad to help you interpret your data reports, improve your data quality, identify an area for improvement in patient safety, and refer you to resources to help your hospital implement a quality improvement project.