MSQC Conference Breakout Sessions

These individual breakout sessions will dive more deeply into the topics and concepts presented in conference plenary sessions.

Breakout sessions will take place the afternoon of Thursday October 10th. We will add more breakout sessions here as they are confirmed. Full details will be available later in the year.


Complex Clinical Scenarios and 2020 Variable Review

Cheryl Rocker, RN; Rhonda Rogers, BSN, RN

Abstracting complex variables can be a challenge, and clinical judgment and misunderstandings used in applying the program variables could potentially impact the integrity of the MSQC data. In this interactive question and answer session, the results from an optional clinical scenario and variables quiz (sent out prior to the session) will be used by the MSQC Clinical Team to examine the most complex variables and clinical scenarios. Tips on how to abstract these variables and the rationale for the correct responses will be provided.  


Surgical Decision-Making Among Older Adults

Gretchen Schwarze, MD, MPP, FACS; Amy Suwanabol, MD

By 2030, adults older than 65 years will exceed 20% of the U.S. population. In parallel to this rapidly-changing demographic, rates of surgery in this population are expected to increase by as much as 30%. Although substantial efforts have been made to reduce perioperative complications and mortality, far less attention has been aimed at the long-term implications of surgery in older adults. In such patients, functional and cognitive decline are common, and may persist or progress to permanent disability or dementia and even death. An in-depth understanding of these long-term implications may shed light on how and when to introduce palliative care strategies to such patients. Through the unique and robust collaborative infrastructure of surgical programs in the State of Michigan, we performed a qualitative analysis of surgical decision-making among older adults and surgeon-perceived barriers to use of palliative care services.


Hernia Care Pathway Pilot Project

Dana Telem, MD

This session will involve review of the MSQC Hernia Care Pathway, which was developed and edited by the expertise within the collaborative.  Participating will then discuss synoptic operative notes and opportunities to for pre-operative patient optimization to improve hernia outcomes across the state.


Making Dollars and Sense Out of MSQC Reports

John Syrjamaki, MPH, Michigan Value Collaborative

The Michigan Value Collaborative (MVC) has been working to diligently to introduce relevant claims data, in a usable format, to MSQC hospitals. As a result of the MSQC-MVC partnership, hospital-specific value reports are readily available on the MSQC Reporting Platform.  This interactive session will introduce the existing MSQC-MVC value reports, inform you on how to access these on your own, and provide answers to questions about the data and content. Participants can expect to leave with a better understanding of how they might illustrate cost savings realized from their quality improvement efforts.


Take ACTION: Opioid Overdose Prevention Training for Providers

Chin Hwa (Gina) Dahlem, PhD, FNP-C, FAANP

Delivering opioid overdose prevention education is one key national strategy to reduce opioid overdose mortality. This session will address how providers can play a role in delivering opioid overdose prevention education to their patients and how to co-prescribe naloxone. Specifically, we will discuss questions such as what are the core components of opioid overdose prevention education, what formulation and type of naloxone should be used, what are the different legislation that exist, what are the next steps post naloxone administration, and other questions based on evidence and clinical practice. At the end of the presentation, the learner will have the tools and resources needed to train others in opioid overdose prevention education and co-prescribe naloxone to high-risk patients and family/friends.


More to come. Watch this space!