The Michigan Value Collaborative

Helping Michigan hospitals achieve their best possible patient outcomes at the lowest reasonable cost

Month: January 2017 (page 1 of 3)

2017 Mission and Goals

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.

Questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you!  You can comment on this article, or use the form at the bottom of the page.

Hospital Engagement in 2017

Deby Evans

Deby Evans is MVC’s Site Engagement Manager.

I’d like to talk a little bit about my new role as Site Engagement Manager and some of the engagement experiences we are offering through MVC. With a background in nursing and midwifery I am excited about the Michigan Value Collaborative mission statement of “Helping Michigan hospitals achieve their best possible patient outcomes at the lowest reasonable cost”. We aim to accomplish this goal by not only providing hospitals with robust claims data but also through collaborative sharing of quality improvement initiatives to reduce cost. Here at the MVC Coordinating Center we have and continue to work on a variety of enterprises to offer to our members to promote site engagement.

Since 2015 we have performed over 70 affiliate site visits to gather information on quality improvement projects that are happening throughout Michigan and to hear feedback on improving the website. We have heard that these visits are useful to gather folks within organizations together and build personable relationships with the Coordinating Center. Moving forward we will continue visiting our associates to stay-up to-date on your projects, discover what else is new, provide support for your initiatives and learn how we can promote serving you better. We will be sending out invitations but if you are interested in having a site visit please let the Coordinating Center know.

The workgroups will continue to provide a forum for members to discuss different topics, conditions and initiatives. Last week the CHF Toolkit v. 2.0 was shared on the blog (download from the resources page in the registry) with further ideas to help met our collaborative goal of being the state with the lowest CHF readmission rate in the country and we are pioneering a longitudinal CHF workgroup in January. Upcoming workgroups taking place include post-acute care for Joint replacement in conjunction with MARCQI and a workgroup targeting the unique challenges of rural hospitals. Some exciting workgroup news is that registration will be through the blog page. A calendar of workgroup sessions is posted here and members can register for the date that works best.

We are looking forward to our semi-annual meeting on April 21st 2017 at Lansing Community College. This is an exciting event for us to meet and touch base with each of you. Our agenda is in progress so no spoilers here but don’t forget to mark your calendars.

Other engagement activities we are working on here at the Coordinating Center include increased blog activity, more YouTube videos to help navigation through the website along with webinars scheduled for February and March (see calendar here for details) and webcasts for specific reports and more detailed information. Additionally, we would like to create an interactive discussion board on the blog. We are always open to ideas from our members that will promote engagement and would like to ask you: what would make you a more enthusiastic and captivated member of MVC?

Our goal is to have each of our hospitals be involved in one or more of the engagement experiences offered through MVC. There are great quality initiatives going on in all your facilities and we truly want to help hospitals collaborate together to mitigate costs yet reform patient outcomes throughout Michigan. I am here to help support and cultivate relationships within the MVC collaborative; please feel free to contact me at any time ( I am excited to see what valuable outcomes will be achieved over the coming year.

Questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you!  You can comment on this article, or use the form at the bottom of the page.

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