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“Evaluating the Feasibility of a Statewide Collaboration to Improve Cardiac Rehabilitation Participation” Published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
“Evaluating the Feasibility of a Statewide Collaboration to Improve Cardiac Rehabilitation Participation” was recently published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.
Our BMC2 PCI Patient Advisory Council convened in September of 2021. This initiative partners with patients to gain insight into the patient experience that may help guide and shape the work that we do as a consortium.
The Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative (MBSC) is hosting the 2022 Obesity Management Summit on September 23rd from 7 am – 4 pm at the Suburban Collection Sh
When BMC2 revealed its new 2022 Pay for Performance (P4P) goal of documentation of 1-year follow-up imaging after EVAR at ≥ 70%, Michele Forist, RN, looked at her site’s data and saw the
“Underutilization of Medical Management of Peripheral Artery Disease Among Patients with Claudication Undergoing Lower Extremity Bypass” was just published in the Journal of Vascular
BMC2 collects data that helps inform quality improvements to PCI care and the State of Michigan performs at levels that outpace national averages.
To support appropriate prescribing for vascular surgery patients, Michigan OPEN is offering BMC2 vascular surgeons the opportunity to participate in one-on-one counseling sessions.
A new Best Practice Protocol (BPP), Management of Radial/Ulnar Access Bleeding and Hematoma, is now available on BMC2.org.
Michigan OPEN’s mission is to change the trajectory of the opioid epidemic, finding transformative solutions through research, engagement, and evidence-based actions.
Tobacco is the single greatest preventable cause of disease and premature death in America. It’s estimated that 70% of smokers want to quit. However, in Michigan, only 15% receive treatment to help them do so.
The PCI Best Practice Protocol Task Force has put together a new best practice protocol (BPP) for prevention of contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI
The Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery’s 49th annual symposium was held March 19 – 23 at the Mirage in Las Vegas, NV. Data from BMC2 was shared via two poster presentations.
While the BMC2 goal for peak procedure ACT recorded is greater than or equal to 80%, Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital had a rate of only 59.3% at the end of 2019.
BMC2 PCI plans to create protocols for emergencies that happen infrequently, but that cath lab teams should be up-to-date and ready to react to.
BMC2 is pleased to announce that Dr. Loay Kabbani has joined the Coordinating Center as a strategic advisor for Vascular Surgery. Dr. Kabbani joins PCI strategic advisor, Dr.
The Michigan TAVR consortium, convened in 2015, has long focused on supporting quality improvement of transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures across the State of Michigan.
Cardiac Rehab Study from Sukul, et al Published in "Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes"
“Hospital and Operator Variation in Cardiac Rehabilitation Referral and Participation After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Insights From Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Cardiovas
Facing a major health event like pregnancy, the need for surgery, or the diagnosis of cancer or a chronic disease, can lead to teachable moments for patients.
We are seeking additional patients that represent the diversity of our State to join the newly convened Patient Advisory Council. Can you recommend a patient to this group?
Mercy Health Muskegon's Quinten Davis, BSN, RN, along with teammates Brandi Whitaker, BSN, RN, Sammie Cunningham, BSN, RN, and Physician Champion, Justin Eisenberg, DO, has set a goal to increase documentation of smoking c
Smokers had their first angioplasty and/or stent nearly a decade earlier than non-smokers, and patients with obesity underwent these procedures four years earlier than non-obese patients.
The BMC2 VS goal, "Less than 8% of asymptomatic carotid endarterectomy patients NOT discharged by postoperative day 2", results in big cost savings for the healthcare system.
While some studies suggest female patients treated by female physicians have better outcomes, there does not appear to be a relationship between operator and patient gender and outcome in patients u
While the BMC2 target for contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is less than 3%, in Quarters 1 and 2 of 2017, Munson Medical Center was struggling with rates at 4.5%.
Bronson Methodist Hospital has been committed to improving their rate of smoking cessation counseling at discharge for years, making it their QI project in 2018, 2019, and 2020, after the 2017 rate was 19
Please join the BMC2 Coordinating Center in welcoming Amy Shirato to the team! Amy is our newest Clinical Quality Improvement Lead and will work with Kathleen Frazier to support PCI.
In 2019 and 2020, the MI OPEN recommendation for opioid prescribing post carotid endarterectomy (CEA) was 0-10 pills; no prescribing recommendations were outlined for EVAR patients.
BMC2 updated the 2020 PCI performance goals to include “Peak intra-procedure Activated Clotting Time (ACT) documentation to greater than or equal to 90%”, and “Percent of cases with peak ACT ≥ 350 seconds for Heparin-only
Sheryl Fielding is BMC2’s Clinical Quality Improvement Leader for Michigan TAVR. Part of the team since 2010, Sheryl works from her 100-year-old house in Downtown Ludington.
In Quarter 2 of 2018, the Vascular Surgery Expert Improvement Team at Spectrum Health – Meijer Heart in Grand Rapids was routinely reviewing their data when they noticed an uptick in surgical site infections (SSI).
Pre-procedure hydration has been challenging for many sites. MidMichigan Health has tackled hydration as a BMC2 Quality Initiative project, making great strides.
BMC2’s new Program Manager comes to the team with over 15 years of experience in clinical research and academic health care, most recently as Director of Projects at the Clinical Trials Transformation Ini