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Why I’m excited for the November 3rd Semi-annual collaborative meeting

Jim Dupree

Jim Dupree, M.D., M.P.H. is the Director of MVC

The next MVC collaborative-wide meeting is coming up soon, November 3rd at Schoolcraft College http://www.schoolcraft.edu/vistatech/maps-parking

I wanted to take a minute to explain why I’m particularly excited for this fall’s meeting. In the six months since our last collaborative-wide meeting, the coordinating center has been hard at work across several fronts:

  • We have expanded our peer-to-peer workgroups program to offer more hospitals a platform for learning from and teaching each other about best practices for improving care. This has included new workgroups about optimizing skilled nursing facility/extended care facility use for patients with congestive heart failure. We have also expanded these workgroups to cover topics such as palliative care and how to establish a heart failure clinic. For more information about joining these workgroups, please contact Abeer Yassine at abeery@med.umich.edu
  • We have added two new services lines: Atrial Fibrillation and Nephrolithiasis. Atrial Fibrillation represents a common reason for inpatient admission and the service line data expands our ability to provide actionable data about medial admissions. Nephrolithiasis is a high-volume surgery, and we now have a window into emergency department (ED) visits and/or hospital admissions that occur after this outpatient procedure.
  • In response to your comments, we have made several improvements to the registry website and its underlying data. For example, we have improved the accuracy of the National Provider Identification (NPI) number available on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) claims. In addition, we added patient age, gender and comorbidities (COPD, diabetes and ESRD) filters to the BCBSM claims. Finally, in response to your suggestions, we have added an index place of service indicator that allows users to identify episodes beginning in the hospital inpatient, outpatient, or ED settings.

On November 3rd, we will discuss the next opportunities for value improvement in Michigan.  These include:

  1. A focus on the emergency department as a location for improving healthcare value. We will learn from Donna Fox from Michigan Medicine about their program that leverages social and medical supports to reduce ED visits and readmissions. We will also learn from Lauran Hardin about a population-based intervention to reduce ED utilization and cost for high-need patients.
  2. A special presentation from Dr. Keith Kocher Program Director for the Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC). MVC members have asked previously for increased collaboration with other BCBSM collaborative quality initiatives, and Dr. Kocher will introduce the PATH initiative to prevent avoidable hospitalizations after ED visit.
  3. The launch of an important new initiative aimed at improving safe births in Michigan. Many hospitals are working to reduce the use of C-section for low-risk births, and we now have new tools to assist in those efforts. Dr. Dan Morgan will discuss this initiative at the collaborative-wide meeting and seek your feedback.

The November 3rd meeting will offer the Collaborative a chance to decide how we, collectively, want to improve the value of health care in Michigan.  We look forward to seeing you at Schoolcraft College (http://www.schoolcraft.edu/vistatech/maps-parking) on November 3rd . Please be sure to register by clicking here.  And as always, contact us at shiyuan@med.umich.edu with any suggestions or questions.

 

 

Combating Surgical Site Infections in Michigan: Joint Replacement Workgroup Recap and Hospital Initiatives

Deby Evans

Deb Evans is the MVC Site Engagement Manager

The Michigan Value Collaborative (MVC) and the Michigan Arthroplasty Registry Collaborative Quality Initiative (MARCQI) held a recent workgroup focused on surgical site infections (SSI) related to joint replacement. Hospitals met to discuss some of the root causes for these infections and initiatives they have implemented to help reduce them.

Below is one of the presented slides that exhibits the proportion of readmissions due to SSI’s for MVC/MARCQI hospitals based on MVC claims data:

Although many of the hospitals have done extensive analysis and in-depth review of pre-, intra- and post-operative joint conditions, few specific root causes for surgical site infections have been identified.  However, major focus areas for hospital-led initiatives that have been identified are:

  • Improving the general health of the patient especially in terms of reducing the body mass index (BMI);
  • Improving hemoglobin A1C for diabetics;
  • Improving albumin levels; and
  • Tobacco cessation

One hospital recently began an initiative aimed at helping patients become healthier and ultimately maintain an optimal weight for joint-replacement surgery. Referrals for the program come from surgeons prior to the surgery. The initiative includes a weight loss clinic and classes, which offers a refund of the cost of the program if the patient is successful in losing weight before surgery.

Most hospitals are following the Joint Commission recommendations from the Surgical Infection project (SIP) and the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP). However, there are some differences in the identification and treatment of staphylococcus aureus carriers with some hospitals universally treating all joint replacement candidates and some only treating those identified as carriers through a nasal swab.  Although this workgroup only focused on SSIs related to elective joint replacement, it was mentioned that some hospitals are treating their trauma cases for staphylococcus aureus as well, while others are looking at this potential.

Other topics that prompted discussion among the group were wound closure and whether different types of closure affected SSI rates along with the type of dressing being used and the length of time the dressing stayed intact over the wound. There was some variety among surgeons and hospitals, however many are using a moisture-impervious silver based dressing that remains on for about seven days. Despite what may be considered a more expensive dressing being used the benefits of keeping the wound covered and out of contact with potentially infectious elements, i.e. pets, clothes, bed linen etc. outweigh these added costs.  In addition, when comparisons were made between these dressings and changing a dressing daily the difference in cost was negligible.

Finally, patient education was a major talking point during the workgroup. All hospitals agreed that having the patient’s cooperation is a significant factor in reducing SSI. Some hospitals have produced videos for patient viewing pre-operatively while others have an educational sheet that they provide to the patient before the surgery. Some discussion focused on the amount of information that the patients are expected to retain and ways hospitals are sharing reminders using booklets, pamphlets, a coach that is known to the patient or being seen by a discharge planner.

The Coordinating Center has put together a pre-, intra and post-operative check list of things to consider to potentially help reduce SSI, as well as a hygiene at home sheet for patients. These can be found in the resource tab on the registry along with information from our other workgroups.

If you have identified any specific root causes or have a new initiative aimed at reducing surgical site infections, then we would love to hear from you. Please contact Deb Evans (debevans@med.umich.edu) or Abeer Yassine (abeery@med.umich.edu) to share your story.  Preference

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