Letter from the Chairman
In the ever-changing healthcare industry, VCSQI continued to adapt and evolve in a multitude of ways over the past year.
VCSQI added to its base of clinical research, with eight projects presented at national cardiovascular meetings such as the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Western Thoracic Surgical Association, and Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. VCSQI members discussed the implementation of a new quality initiative, the Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERACS) protocols, highlighted by a keynote address from Dr. Kevin Lobdell at the VCSQI summer meeting. The VCSQISupport and Alignment Network 2.0 (SAN 2.0) grant program supported over 100 clinical practices across the country in understanding CMS reimbursement guidelines and developing transformation plans to improve clinical quality and drive patient engagement.
The cardiology community within VCSQI continues to grow, with two
cardiologists joining the VCSQI Board of Directors: Dr. David Sane and
Dr. Michael Kontos. External angiogram reviews via the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) organization will provide an independent source of assessing appropriateness of coronary revascularization. VCSQI is also working to create a statewide repository for Transcatheter Valve Therapies (TVT) data.
New projects abound for 2019, including the addition of long-term follow-up information to the VCSQI database. These data will allow researchers and quality improvement teams to track patients longitudinally and better understand the longstanding impacts of cardiac surgery and cardiology procedures.
There may be no better time to foster regional, interdisciplinary cooperation. A progressive agenda built on trusting relationships can drive change. A knowledge community can accelerate the adoption of life-saving best practices. The methods and dynamics underlying VCSQI can be generalized beyond our boundaries. My sincere wish is for our collaborative spirit to promote a unity of purpose that will create safer medical environments and enhance outcomes for our patients.
This Annual Report is intended to provide your institution insights by comparing your outcomes and process measures to state and national averages. Your feedback and ideas are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support and membership.
Sincerely, Alan Speir, MD