Jim Dupree

Dr. Jim Dupree is the director of MVC.

At the start of this year, the Michigan Value Collaborative (MVC) coordinating center, like many organizations, took time to reflect on the work of 2016 and plan for the work of 2017.  I’d like to share with you our thoughts and plans for 2017.  As always, the mission of the MVC coordinating center is to support MVC hospital leaders in their mission to improve the quality, and reduce the costs, of care being delivered in Michigan. 

As the MVC has grown, we have organized the coordinating center around three central efforts.  Our 2017 goals are described below, and we welcome comments and feedback.

1) Data Analytics: We will provide hospital leaders with high-quality data analytics that they can use to improve care for their patients

High quality data is at the core of what we offer hospitals, and for 2017, we aim to make that data even more useful.  We hope in 2017 to receive approval to add data from Michigan Medicaid to the MVC registry.  We will also explore ways to include socioeconomic factors in the risk adjustment model where possible and appropriate.  Risk adjustment for complicated socioeconomic factors is controversial and complex.  There are no national standards for how to proceed, but it is a topic of interest for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Quality Forum.  Finally, we will partner with MVC hospital leaders to create a new high-value analytic product for the MVC registry.  All of this is in addition to our day-to-day work of constantly improving the quality and presentation of the data.

2) Hospital engagement: We will engage with MVC hospital leaders to learn about innovative quality improvement efforts and provide a platform for sharing those best practices

As the MVC has expanded over the past 3 years, the relationships between hospital leaders have also grown stronger.  There is a wealth of expertise throughout the state, but there is not always a platform for sharing lessons and best practices.  In 2017, the coordinating center aims to have direct contact with every MVC hospital either through a site visit, workgroup, analytic product, or personal phone call.  Through these interactions, we hope to identify additional best practices that can be shared with the Collaborative.

3. CQI Partnerships: We will partner with the other Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan-supported Collaborative Quality Initiatives (CQIs)

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Value Partnerships program supports a broad network of quality improvement organizations, called the Collaborative Quality Initiatives (CQIs).  Many MVC hospital leaders have requested that the MVC coordinating center integrate MVC’s work with other CQIs’ work.  In 2017, we will strengthen the collaborations between MVC and other CQIs by attending more of their collaborative meetings and working together on quality improvement projects.  Many of those efforts are already underway, including a virtual workgroup on post-discharge care after joint replacement, being co-led by the MVC and Michigan Arthroplasty Registry Collaborative Quality Initiative (MARCQI) coordinating centers. 

All of the MVC coordinating center team members are motivated to do whatever we can to support MVC hospital leaders as they work to improve the value of care being delivered in their hospitals.  Please reach out to us at any time to offer us feedback and discuss what other support we can provide.  Happy New Year’s, and we are looking forward to a great 2017 together.

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