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VCSQI Quarterly Meeting Recap: September 2017

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On September 14th, VCSQI members enjoyed a productive and engaging time at the Fall Quarterly Meeting in Richmond.

Data Managers for both the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) clinical registries held workshops to discuss database definitions and help standardize coding practices between centers.  ARMUS experts Dorothy Latham and Sheila Fairless helped to provide guidance and field questions regarding the database updates for STS and ACC, respectively.  With consistency and accuracy of data being critical, these sessions contribute a core component of the analytics which drive quality improvement in cardiovascular care.

The evening presentations began with an update from the Board of Directors from Dr. Robert Shor, who provided insights on the cardiology collaboration and news about the latest VCSQI research.  17 hospitals are now members of the new initiative, accounting for over 50% of the state’s interventional cardiology procedures.  Initial projects involve the aggregation of hospitals’ CathPCI data for quality reporting and randomized reviews of 5% of angiographic films to assess appropriateness of care.

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VCSQI members discuss techniques to mitigate 30-day hospital readmissions

The next presentation came from Dr. Adrian Levine and David Lizotte from Cardiac Surgical Unit – Advanced Life Support (CSU-ALS).  Their talk involved a synopsis of their new resuscitation protocol for heart failure patients following cardiac surgery.  VCSQI has an interesting opportunity for its member hospitals to pilot this protocol and study the corresponding outcomes – the first time that such a study would be conducted on a regional level.

Our meeting came to a close with a thought-provoking talk from Dr. Kevin Lobdell, Professor and Director of Regional CVT Quality, Education, and Research at Carolinas HealthCare System.  Dr. Lobdell presented a comprehensive summary of his experiences in quality improvement and resource optimization across the cardiac service line, challenging the group to think outside the box and continue improving value for heart patients.

VCSQI greatly thanks all that attended our Fall Meeting.  Please feel free to reach out with any thoughts, comments, and suggestions for future content or how we can improve.  We hope you can join us for our next meeting, December 7th at the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville!