VCSQI celebrates 20 years

The Virginia Cardiac Services Quality Initiative

Started in in 1996, VCSQI is a voluntary consortium that has grown to include 18 hospitals, 14 cardiac surgical practices, and in 2016 expanded to include the cardiology specialty with the goal of coordinating care and forming a statewide “Heart Team” approach to cardiac care. VCSQI members represent over 99% of all open-heart and 50% of interventional procedures in the Commonwealth of Virginia. VCSQI’s goal is to improve quality of care and contain costs in heart procedure programs of all sizes across the state.

VCSQI Reports Success of TCPI Participating Practices Progress through End of Second Year

In October 2016 the Virginia Cardiac Services Quality Initiative was awarded a grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to serve as a Support and Alignment Network (SAN 2.0) as part of the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). VCSQI provided education and consultation to practices that voluntarily sought assistance with improving outcomes, lowering costs, and enhancing clinical experiences for their patients. Through these efforts, VCSQI supported clinicians’ participation in the Quality Payment Program and helped to prepare clinicians for CMS’ new value-based payment models in performance years 2017-2018 and beyond.

Addressing the Opioid Misuse Epidemic is a CMS & VCSQI Priority!

Ninety-one Americans die every day from opioid misuse.  That is more than heroin and cocaine combined.  It is estimated that over 1.9 million Americans are addicted to opioids.  When you consider that more than 62,000 opioid abusers died last year, and that is more than the number of deaths in the Vietnam conflict, we have to take steps to address this crisis.



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