Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

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Seventh Annual FPQC Conference



Provided by:
USF Health

Course Description

Interdisciplinary and multi-professional Quality improvement (QI) initiatives that promote continuous, population and evidence-based practices have been shown to improve perinatal health outcomes. This two day, educational program is designed to expand the knowledge and skill base for perinatal health care practitioners in a range of vocations and specialties as well as other perinatal health-related professionals in the identification of QI opportunities, the planning and implementation of QI initiatives and the advancement of evidence-based practices at the institutional, community, and state levels.   

Hospitals that work collaboratively on quality improvement projects, protocols, clinical education, and research achieve greater gains in improving health care for mothers and babies (Reisner & Landers 2010, Lee et al 2014). As increasing attention is paid to health care quality and improving outcomes, the need for the FPQC conference is greater than ever.  The information, strategies, and team building to be shared via this conference will help address the gaps in knowledge and practice among Florida perinatal clinicians on revised national standards on OB safety, promoting patient/family engagement, monitoring QI efforts, addressing disparities in care, and approaches to improving preterm infant outcomes through feeding techniques.

Target Audience

Target Audience

National Speakers

Topic: System Complexity and the Cesarean Epidemic

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Harvard’s Ariadne Labs

As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Dr. Shah cares for patients during critical life moments that range from surgery to primary care to childbirth. As a scientist and social entrepreneur, he is a globally recognized expert in designing, testing, and spreading solutions that improve healthcare.

Dr. Shah is listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review, and has been profiled by the New York Times, CNN, and other outlets. He is senior author of the book Understanding Value-Based Healthcare (McGraw-Hill), which Don Berwick has called "an instant classic" and Atul Gawande called "a masterful primer for all clinicians." Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Dr. Shah founded Costs of Care, a global NGO that curates insights from clinicians to help delivery systems provide better care. In 2017, Dr. Shah co-founded the March for Moms Association, a coalition of 20 leading organizations, to increase public and private investment in the wellbeing of mothers.

Topic: Engaging Families in Quality Improvement

Director of Patient and Family Partnerships, Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina

Inspired by her experience of having a severe maternal event and high-risk infant in the NICU, Tara’s work focuses on building partnerships among health care professionals, patients, and families. In 2006, she became a founding member of the Newborn Critical Care Center Family Advisory Board at NC Children’s Hospital. In addition to developing Family Faculty and Family Support Programs, Tara has served as a parent partner on numerous hospital- and state-wide committees. She currently works with the National Institute for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and Patient and Family Centered Care Partners (PFCCpartners) as a faculty member. Tara is a committee member on the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Committee and the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Pediatric Measures Committee. She has also served as a faculty member for the Institute for Patient-and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC), a reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and as a Patient and Family Advocacy Expert for the North Carolina Quality Center (NCQC). In 2014, Tara was recognized by the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) as one of the Nation’s top 25 for Best Practices in Patient and Family Engagement. 

Topic: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Neonatologist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital & Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative

Heather C. Kaplan, MD, MSCE, is passionate about improving the quality and safety of perinatal care and has a solid foundation in epidemiology and research fundamentals. Through her role in the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative, she gained practical experience in the use of quality improvement methods to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes of preterm newborns in Ohio and has formed collaborative relationships with obstetrical and neonatal care providers across the state. 

Additionally she has an understanding care delivery in a complex system requires taking a multidisciplinary, multilevel approach. Her career includes didactic coursework in multidisciplinary theories and methods.

Topic: Optimizing Physician Engagement in QI

Executive Director and Obstetric Lead, Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative; Clinical Associate Professor Maternal Fetal Medicine, NorthShore University HealthSystem, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

Dr. Borders joined the NorthShore University Health System Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Evanston Hospital in 2012 and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She is the Executive Director and Obstetric Lead for the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative, a collaborative of over 100 birthing hospitals focused on improving outcomes for mothers and newborns. She is a member of the ACOG Committee on Obstetric Practice. She also serves on the National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives Executive Committee.

  • Agenda

    Thursday, April 19th: 9 AM - 4:15 PM

    Welcome - William Sappenfield, MD, MPH and Celeste Philip, MD, MPH

    The State of the FPQC - William Sappenfield, MD, MPH, CPH

    Reducing Health Disparities through Shared Decision Making - Karen Harris, MD, MPH

    System Complexity and the Cesarean Epidemic - Neel Shah, MD

    Networking Lunch

    Poster Viewing

    Optimizing Physician Engagement in QI: The Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative Experience - Ann Borders, MD

    How to Do What Matters: Partnering with Patients and Families to Transform Quality Improvement Efforts - Tara Bristol Rouse, MA

    Friday, April 20th: 9 AM - 4 PM

    Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: The Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative Experience - Heather Kaplan, MD, MSCE


    Morning Breakout Sessions (see below)

    Networking Lunch

    Afternoon Breakout Sessions (see below)

    Finding Balance: Customization vs. Standardization of Care - Maya Balakrishnan, MD, CSSBB

  • Breakout Sessions

    Titles and Configuration subject to change.

    Morning Breakout Session Topics:

    • Strategies for Engaging Patients and Families to Improve Quality and Safety - Tara Bristol Rouse, MA

    • Optimizing Enteral Nutrition in Extremely Preterm Infants: Fact, Fiction and Everything in Between - Leslie A. Parker, PhD, NNP-BC, FAAN

    • Access LARC: Training on Contraceptive Counseling Best Practices - Rachel Logan, MPH and Rachel Rapkin, MD

    • The ARRIVE Trial (Inductions at 39 weeks) Review and Discussion - Julie DeCesare, MD and Judette Louis, MD

    Afternoon Breakout Session Topics:

    • Engaging Mothers in the Care of their NAS Infants - Karen Fugate, RNC-NIC, MSN, CPHQ; Jason Fields, MD; William Driscoll, MD; Joyce Campbell, RN

    • What the Healthy Start Coalitions Can Do to Help Your Hospital with Quality Improvement - Betsy Wood, BSN, MPH; Panel: Faye Johnson, BS; Brenda Breslow, BSW, MPH; Michaela Strauss, LCSW

    • Primary Cesareans: Patient Voices,  Provider & Nurse Practices - Linda A. Detman, PhD; Emily Bronson, MA, MPH, CPH 

    • Birth Certificate Accuracy Initiative and Perinatal Quality Indicators - Bill Sappenfield, MD, MPH; Estefania Rubio, MD, MPH; Chinyere Reid, MBBS, MPH; Renice Obure, MPH

  • Call for Posters

    Call for Posters

    Due: March 9, 2018 

    The 2018 annual conference committee invites you to submit an abstract for a poster presentation on the design, implementation, lessons learned, and results of a maternal and/or infant quality improvement project in your institution.

    The poster competition offers an opportunity to share your work and experiences with colleagues and a chance to win an award. View last year's winning posters here and here.

    Abstracts must include the following sections:
    1. Abstract Title 
    2. Each author’s names, degrees, and institution 
    3. Background and Purpose (problem statement or hypothesis as appropriate) 
    4. Program, Materials, or Methodology (also include any barriers to implementation and how they have been overcome) 
    5. Impact or Results (major accomplishments of the project, qualitative and quantitative data, evidence-based results, impact on patients / families, costs, and any health-related outcomes) 

    Poster abstract acceptance is competitive. Please review these helpful resources:

    In the body of your email submission, please include the following:
    1. Title of abstract 
    2. Authors’ names, credentials, position title (please note if you are a resident) 
    3. Name of institution and address (city and state) 
    4. Phone and email address 
    5. Contact person. If it is someone other than the author, please note. 

    Send abstracts as an email attachment to Bobbi Rose, brose@health.usf.edu, no later than March 9, 2018.

    Poster presenters must register to attend the conference. The program does not provide any support for poster presenters. 

  • Learning Objectives

    As a result of participation in this activity, the learner should be able to:
    • Plan perinatal quality improvement efforts in their communities and practice settings.  
    • Lead or participate in a perinatal quality improvement team in the clinical setting.
    • Implement perinatal quality improvement efforts in their communities and practice settings. 
    • Evaluate perinatal quality improvement efforts in their communities and practice settings.  
    • Recognize opportunities for improving the quality of perinatal care in community and clinical settings.
    • Advance national, state and community health policy aimed at improving perinatal health care.
  • Accreditation

    Certificates of Attendance or certificates of continuing education credit are obtained online after the event.

    Physicians: USF Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.   USF Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.   

    Nurses FBN (Florida): USF Health is an approved provider of continuing education for nurses through FBN 50-2970.  This program has been approved for 10 contact hours.   

    Certified in Public Health (CPH): The College of Public Health at the University of South Florida is an approved provider of Certified in Public Health Continuing Education Credit (CPHCE) by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. This event offers 10 CPH credits.     

    Disclaimer: This information provided at this CME/CNE activity is for continuing education purposes only and not meant to substitute for the independent medical/clinical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.   

    Competencies to be addressed: Patient Care; Medical knowledge; Practice-based learning and improvement; Systems-based practice; Professionalism; Interpersonal and communication skills

  • Registration

    Registration Fees

    *All the group members must register on the same day. The discount is only available during the Early Bird registration period. 

    The ‘Early Bird’ registration fee is valid for any registrations before April 1, 2018. The ‘Regular’ registration fee is valid for any registrations made on or after April 1, 2018.

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    Click the button above to go directly to the conference registration system.  

    Two Easy Ways to Pay:

    1. Pay by Credit Card Online:  A payment confirmation will be emailed to the participant. 
    2. Pay by Check:  After registering online, a payment voucher with instructions will be emailed to the participant.  Registration will not be confirmed until payment is received.  

    Please Note:  Payment will not be accepted onsite.  Checks must be made payable to USF HPCC (USF Health Professions Conferencing Corporation). Federal ID number is 16-1765073. Only US Dollars are accepted. A $25 fee will be charged on any returned checks.   

    Mail the payment form with an enclosed check, in USD, to: USF Health Professions Conferencing Corp. Attn: KM 2018 279 1186. PO Box 628263 Orlando, FL 32862-8263

    Conference Registration Fee Includes (Per Participant):

    • Attendance at the Conference
    • Continuing education credit as applicable
    • Exhibits as applicable
    • Poster walk
    • Continental breakfast, lunch and breaks each day
    • The Conference syllabus/handouts which may be hard copy or electronic
    Single Day conference fee provides access to the activities and continuing education credits as applicable to the day's events.
  • Location and Accommodations


    700 N. Westshore Blvd. Tampa, FL 33609 

    A limited number of rooms have been reserved for this meeting at a special rate of $122 + tax, currently at 12%. (Room rate + tax equals $136.64 per night.) Rates are based on single / double occupancy. The deadline date to obtain the group rate is March 29, 2018. The block of rooms may be sold out before the deadline date for the group rate. Don’t delay making your hotel reservation.

    Hotel parking is complimentary.

    Reservation Methods
    • Call: 1-813-289-8200 and identify yourself as belonging to the USF or FPQC group in order to receive the group rate. 
    • Online: Click Here
      • Enter dates of arrival (assume 04/18/2018) and departure (assume 04/20/2018)
      • The group rate of $122 should show. The group code of PQC should auto-fill. Rate must be “Best Available” 

    Airport: Tampa International Airport (TPA)

    Ground Transportation from TPA:
    • Shuttle: The hotel has a complimentary shuttle. Call the hotel (813-289-8200) once you are at baggage claim. The hotel representative will instruct you where to go to meet the van. 
    • Car Rental: Tampa Airport has many rental cars available. Hotel parking is complimentary. 

  • Cancellation, Confirmation, and Payment Policies

    Cancellation and Refund Policies
    Cancellations must be requested in writing via fax 813-224-7864 or email to cpdsupport@health.usf.edu and received before April 1, 2018 in order to receive a refund. A $50 cancellation fee will be assessed to cover administrative costs. There are no refunds for no-shows or for cancellations received on or after April 1. However, substitutions are welcome without penalty. Please allow up to 3 weeks after the conference for any refunds.

    USF Health Office of Continuing Professional Development reserves the right to cancel this activity due to unforeseen circumstances in which the full registration will be refunded. In the unlikely event that the program is cancelled, USF Health will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by the participant.

    Confirmations and Payment Policy
    Confirmation will occur upon completion of the online registration. Note: Your spot is not guaranteed until payment is received. Please be sure payment has been made before the first day of the conference.

    If paying by credit card, do so during the online registration process. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. If paying by check, make check payable to USF HPCC. The address for checks is mentioned earlier in the document. Payment is in US dollars only.

  • Accommodations for Disabilities/Equal Opportunity

    USF is an Equal Opportunity / Equal Access Institution/ Affirmative Action Institution.

    For disability accommodations contact USF HPCC at 813-224-7860, or email Bobbi Rose at brose@health.usf.edu a minimum of ten (10) working days in advance.
  • Conference Faculty Disclosure

    Activity Director: William Sappenfield

    USF Health adheres to ACCME Standards regarding commercial support of continuing medical education. It is the policy of USF Health that the faculty and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, that relevant conflicts of interest are resolved, and also that speakers will disclose any unlabeled / unapproved use of drugs or devices during their presentation. Detailed disclosure will be made in the course syllabus.

  • Exhibitors

    Please contact Conference Coordinator: Bobbi Rose, brose@health.usf.edu (813) 974-6158
  • Online Syllabus and Conference Evaluation

    A link to the online syllabus will be sent to registrants in the weeks ahead of the conference. 

    The evaluation process is a critical component in our strategy to offer excellence in our future conferences and to ensure we are addressing the educational needs of our audience. Your comments and feedback make a difference! Please complete the evaluation.

    In addition, we measure the outcome of the education using a post‐event survey sent via email. The results of this survey are equally important as we need to know if the education made a difference, be it in awareness, practice change, health outcomes, or all the above. Please complete the survey when it comes to your inbox approximately 2 months after the conclusion of the conference.

Questions or Assistance

Conference Coordinator, Bobbi Rose brose@health.usf.edu 813-974-6158