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ACOG and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Working Together to Improve Maternal Outcomes in Texas

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 14:32

Last week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) completed the first site survey in Texas as part of an ongoing effort to improve maternal outcomes across the state, at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital located at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston. The site survey was designed to assess Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital’s compliance with Texas Administrative Code that requires all hospitals that provide maternal care to attain designations based on the level or complexity of maternal care they are able to provide to patients. The Texas legislation, passed in 2013, and the subsequently developed maternal designation rule, effective in March 2018, is one of many efforts to address maternal morbidity and mortality statewide. Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is first in Texas to participate in the verification program and complete a site survey and take an important first step toward achieving a level of care designation. 

AIM Program Awarded Millions to Expand Efforts to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Morbidity

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 17:16
The funding will allow more hospitals across the country to adopt maternal safety practices or “bundles,” to learn how to effectively respond to common pregnancy-related conditions, such as hemorrhage and hypertension, to reverse the alarming increases in the U.S. maternal mortality rate over the past two decades.

Ob-Gyns Address Gynecologic Concerns in Children and Adolescents With Cancer

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:47

Washington, DC -- Advancements in cancer treatment have dramatically improved childhood cancer survival, with research showing that five-year survival rates for children with cancer reaching almost 80 percent in recent years. However, these treatments may lead to serious, adverse effects on reproductive health, as well as a potential effect on the outcome of future pregnancies. Recognizing the role of gynecologists in helping to address these complications in female patients, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) has released new recommendations for ob-gyns to identify and treat gynecologic concerns in female children and adolescents before, during and after cancer treatment.

Top X on Title X

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:13

Organizations representing over 700,000 women’s and adolescents’ health care providers oppose all efforts to limit medically accurate health care information available to patients and to exclude qualified providers from participation in the Title X program. For at least 10 reasons, HHS should rescind the proposed Title X rule:

Ob-Gyns Release Revised Recommendations on Screening and Testing for Genetic Disorders

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 16:45
All women need accurate information in order to make appropriate decisions regarding the various forms of genetic screening and diagnostic testing available in pregnancy. Importantly, these decisions must align with each individual woman's values, goals, and preferences. In an effort to clarify the purposes of and differences between prenatal genetic screening and prenatal genetic diagnostic testing, and to aid practitioners in giving women the information they seek, today the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) released two Practice Bulletins: "Screening for Fetal Aneuploidy" and "Prenatal Diagnostic Testing for Genetic Disorders."

Joint Principles on Opioid Crisis Call for Comprehensive, Public Health Approach to Addiction Treatment

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 15:43
Leaders of six medical organizations representing more than 560,000 physicians and medical students called on Congress today to adopt policies that recognize opioid use disorder (OUD) as a chronic disease of the brain that requires comprehensive treatment.

Ob-Gyns Have Important Role on Care Team for Women with Eating Disorders

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:59
Ob-gyns may be one of the first health care providers an adolescent or young woman encounters with warning signs or symptoms of an eating disorder and the new Committee Opinion aims to equip ob-gyns with appropriate knowledge to ensure patients receive comprehensive care.

Joint Principles for Protecting the Patient-Physician Relationship

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 16:16

Our organizations, which represent more than 400,000 physicians and medical students, call on policymakers to join us in preserving the patient-physician relationship by ensuring that the practice of medicine is not unduly impeded by government interference.

Ob-Gyns Can Help to Protect Working Moms’ Health, Safety and Fair Treatment in the Workplace

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:00
Patients who become pregnant may approach their ob-gyn with questions about the safety of continuing to work, and patients should be reassured that working during pregnancy is generally safe. As many as 56 percent of pregnant women continue to work full-time during pregnancy.

Criminalization of Self-Induced Abortion Intimidates and Shames Women Unnecessarily

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:00
While abortion is legal in the United States, some women attempt to self-induce abortion without medical assistance. The new Position Statement outlines ACOG specific objections to criminalizing women who attempt to or successfully self-induce an abortion.

Seven Organizations Promoting Women’s Health Launch a New Campaign on Preventive Services for Women

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:00
The Care Women Deserve campaign will educate people on the preventive services available to women without cost sharing as established by the Affordable Care Act.

ACOG Recommends Postpartum Pain Management Approach Tailored to Patients

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 09:29
Evidence shows that women experience pain in variable ways during the early postpartum period. As such, providers should engage in a shared decision-making approach to pain management instead of relying on a pre-defined number of tablets or duration. If used, opioids should only be prescribed for the shortest reasonable course expected for treating pain.

Annual well woman visit to the OB/GYN can keep your heart healthy

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 13:35
As heart disease and stroke continue to be the leading causes of death in women, the advisory notes the essential role OB/GYNs play in actively helping women reduce their risk, since approximately 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

Lisa M. Hollier, M.D., Becomes 69th President of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 09:58
Today, Lisa M. Hollier, M.D., of Houston, Texas became the 69th president of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), based in Washington, D.C. 

Nation’s Ob-Gyns Convene in Texas to Improve Women’s Health at ACOG’s 2018 Annual Meeting

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 09:01
Nearly 4,000 women’s health care providers and researchers are gathered in Texas at the Austin Convention Center for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) 66th Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting.

Research Awards Announced for ACOG 2018 Annual Meeting

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 16:08
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is pleased to announce the ACOG Annual Meeting research award winners, who were selected from among authors of more than 700 outstanding original research papers and posters to be presented at this year’s event.