The result? Guidelines followed, complications reduced, therapies developed, money saved, lives improved.

The Collaborative Endocrine Surgery Quality Improvement Program aims to improve the value of care delivered to patients. Formed in 2012 by endocrine surgery leaders from the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons with expertise in outcomes tracking, CESQIP utilizes concepts of continuous quality improvement to improve outcomes and optimize costs. This is accomplished through patient-centered data collection, ongoing performance feedback to clinicians, and improvement based on analysis of collected data and collaborative learning.

Publication Month Title
Am J Surg January 2021
Surgery August 2020
Surgery May 2020
World J Surg February 2020
Am J Surg February 2020
Surgery January 2020
Surgery September 2019
Surgery September 2019
J Am College of Surgeons April 2019 Bilateral Neck Exploration for Sporadic Primary Hyperparathyroidism: Use Patterns in 5,597 Patients Undergoing Parathyroidectomy in the Collaborative Endocrine Surgery Quality Improvement Program.
Surgery January 2019 Evacuation of postoperative hematomas after thyroid and parathyroid surgery: An analysis of the CESQIP Database.
Surgery January 2019 The devil is in the details: Assessing treatment and outcomes of 6,795 patients undergoing remedial parathyroidectomy in the Collaborative Endocrine Surgery Quality Improvement Program.

Through data collection, analysis and collaborative learning, ACHQC (formerly the Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative) provides best practices, decision support, care pathways and ongoing performance feedback. ACHQC is an authoritative resource for organizations to assess quality metrics and demonstrate a commitment to efficient, value-based patient-centered hernia care.

Publication Month Title
Surgery August 2021
Hernia July 2021
Am J Surg July 2021
Hernia April 2021
Hernia April 2021
Surgery April 2021
Hernia April 2021
Surg Endosc. April 2021
Transplant Proc March 2021
Surg Endosc. March 2021
Surg Endosc. March 2021
Br J Surg March 2021
Surg Endosc. January 2021
Hernia January 2021
JAMA Surg January 2021
J Surg. Res November 2020
Surg Endosc October 2020
Hernia October 2020
Am Surg August 2020
Surg Endosc. July 2020
Hernia June 2020
Hernia June 2020
Hernia May 2020
Hernia May 2020
Surg Technol Inc. May 2020
Hernia April 2020
Surg Endosc March 2020
Br J Surg March 2020
Hernia January 2020
Hernia January 2020

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) aims to to accelerate the advancement of laboratory medicine to better improve patient care through knowledge, collaboration, and global community. ASCP’s National Pathology Quality Registry (“NPQR”) is the first national pathology quality and benchmarking program. This powerful registry captures data that measures adherence to clinical practice guideline recommendations, quality and performance standards, and appropriate use criteria for laboratories.

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Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology October 2020

The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) is an international non-profit consortium of healthcare centers and physicians who are dedicated to the development, evaluation, and improvement of ECMO and other innovative therapies for support of failing organ systems in the neonate, pediatric, and adult populations.ELSOis focused on the ongoing development of its comprehensive patient registry – the world’s largest source of data on patients receiving ECMO – that aids in continuing education, guidelines development, publications, and device surveillance.

Publication Month Title
ASAIO J July 2021
Perfusion July 2021
ASAIO J July 2021
Pediatr Crit Care Med July 2021
J Am Heart Assoc. July 2021
Crit Care March 2021
Perfusion March 2021
J Crit Care February 2021
Crit Care Med January 2021
J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A November 2020
Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg September 2020
Front Pediatr September 2020
J Pediatr Surg September 2020
Lancet September 2020
ASAIO J September 2020
Perfusion August 2020
J Intensive Care August 2020
J Am Coll Cardiol August 2020
Crit Care Med July 2020
J Card Surg July 2020
Int J Cardiol July 2020
Crit Care Med June 2020
Crit Care Med May 2020
Pediatr Crit Care Med March 2020
Pediatr Crit Care Med March 2020
Pediatr Crit Care Med March 2020
Perfusion March 2020
Pediatr Crit Care Med March 2020
ASAIO J March 2020

The Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative aims to advance the science and practice of bariatric surgery. The program is a unique partnership between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, researchers at the University of Michigan, and clinicians from bariatric surgery programs across the state. Research and quality improvement efforts of the collaborative have resulted in significant reductions in mortality and complication rates following bariatric surgery in Michigan.

Publication Month Title
Ann Surg June 2021
Surg Endosc. June 2021
Obes Surg. June 2021
Surg Obes Relat Dis. June 2021
Psychol Health Med June 2021
J Surg Res. May 2021
Ann Surg May 2021
Ann Surg April 2021
Obesity Surgery April 2021
Surg Obes Relat Dis. March 2021
Ann Surg March 2021
JAMA Surg February 2021
Ann Surg February 2021
Surg Obes Relat Dis. February 2021
Surg Clin North Am February 2021
Obes Surg January 2021
Surg Endosc. June 2020
Jama Surg June 2020
JAMA Surg April 2020
Surg Endosc April 2020
Obes Surg February 2020
Surgery November 2019 The influence of gastroesophageal reflux symptoms on patient satisfaction after sleeve gastrectomy.
Surg. Endosc August 2019 Effect of new persistent opioid use on physiologic and psychologic outcomes following bariatric surgery.
Surg. Endosc August 2019 New onset alcohol use disorder following bariatric surgery.
Surg Obes Relat Dis. August 2019 Perioperative and 1-year outcomes of bariatric surgery in septuagenarians: implications for patient selection.
Surg Obes Relat Dis. July 2019 Financial impact of improving patient care setting selection after bariatric surgery.
Surg. Endosc June 2019 Surgeon variation in severity of reflux symptoms after sleeve gastrectomy.
Annals of Surgery June 2019 Evaluating the Effect of Surgical Skill on Outcomes for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: A Video-based Study.
JAMA Surgery March 2019 Association of Race With Bariatric Surgery Outcomes.
Surg Endosc March 2019 Assessing variation in technique for sleeve gastrectomy based on outcomes of surgeons ranked by safety and efficacy: a video-based study.
Surg Obes Relat Dis. February 2019 An ounce of bariatric surgery is worth a pound of prevention for atrial fibrillation
JAMA Network Open February 2019 Considering Bariatric Surgery in Patients With Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis-Worth the Risk.
Surg Endosc February 2019 Surgeon leadership style and risk-adjusted patient outcomes.
Annals of Surgery January 2019 A Longitudinal Analysis of Variation in Psychological Well-being and Body Image in Patients Before and After Bariatric Surgery.

The Michigan Surgery Quality Collaborative, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, is a quality improvement collaborative that powers a clinical registry with ArborMetrix to improve the quality of general, vascular, and gynecologic surgical procedures while reducing costs. The collaborative is held up as a national example of how to advance care and reduce adverse events using high integrity data to drive quality improvement and research.

Publication Month Title
Surg Endosc. July 2021
Ann Surg June 2021
Am J Surg May 2021
J Surg Res. April 2021
Surg Endosc. April 2021
J Surg Res. March 2021
JAMA Netw Open March 2021
BMJ Qual Saf March 2021
J Minim Invasive Gynecol February 2021
Ann Surg February 2021
Ann Surg July 2020
JAMA Netw Open. June 2020
J Surg Res March 2020
Dis Colon Rectum January 2020
Ann Surg January 2020
Ann Surg January 2020 Using Positive Psychology to Opitmize Patient-centered Surgical Care
JAMA January 2020 Trends in the Adoption of Robotic Surgery for Common Surgical Procedures
J Gastrointest Surg. November 2019 Hospital Variation in Readmissions and Visits to the Emergency Department Following Ileostomy Surgery.
JAMA November 2019 Costs Associated With Modifiable Risk Factors in Ventral and Incisional Hernia Repair
Health Affairs November 2019 Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program Is Not Associated With Additional Patient Safety Improvement
Dis Colon Rectum October 2019 Uptake of Total Mesorectal Excision and Total Mesorectal Excision Grading for Rectal Cancer: A Statewide Study.
Dis Colon Rectum October 2019 Achieving the High-Value Colectomy: Preventing Complications or Improving Efficiency
NEJM August 2019 Statewide Implementation of Postoperative Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
J Am College of Surgeons August 2019 β-Lactam vs Non-β-Lactam Antibiotics and Surgical Site Infection in Colectomy Patients.
Annals of Surgery August 2019 A Pathway for Developing Postoperative Opioid Prescribing Best Practices
Int Urogynecol J May 2019 Documenting pessary offer prior to hysterectomy for management of pelvic organ prolapse.
Obstet Gynecol April 2019 Importance of Estimated Blood Loss in Resource Utilization and Complications of Hysterectomy for Benign Indications.
Dis Colon Rectum April 2019 Academic Hospitals Discharge Fewer Patients to Postacute Care Facilities After Colorectal Resection.
World J Surgery April 2019 Understanding Disparities in Surgical Outcomes for Medicaid Beneficiaries.
Surg Endosc April 2019 Complications after discharge predict readmission after colorectal surgery.
Surg Endosc February 2019 Mechanisms of age and race differences in receiving minimally invasive inguinal hernia repair.
Gynecol Oncol February 2019 Preoperatively predicting non-home discharge after surgery for gynecologic malignancy.
Clin Colon Rectal Surg January 2019 Statewide Clinic Registries: The Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative.
J Am College of Surgeons January 2019 Acute Care Surgery Model and Outcomes in Emergency General Surgery.
Annals of Surgery January 2019 Using Patient-reported Outcomes to Enhance Appropriateness in Low-risk Elective General Surgery

The Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative measures and improves the care and outcomes of patients who undergo spine surgery. It is supported by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as part of the BCBSM “Value Partnerships” program. MSSIC focuses on spine surgery including indications for surgery such as stenosis, disk herniation and degenerative diseases for which pain relief and restoration of function are primary treatment goals. MSSIC aims to heighten patient care outcomes while consequently increasing efficiency of treatment.

Publication Month Title
Neurosurgery August 2021
Spine July 2021
J Neurosurg Sp ine May 2021
Spine J May 2021
J Spine Surg March 2021
Spine March 2021
Clin Neurol Neurosurg October 2020
Neurosurgery August 2020
Neurosurery July 2020
Spine J. May 2020
Spine J January 2020 Rates and Risk Factors Associated with 90-day Readmission Following Cervical Spine Fusion Surgery: Analysis of the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC) Registry.
World Neurosurg January 2020 The Preoperative Risks and Two-Year Sequelae of Postoperative Urinary Retention: Analysis of the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC).
Neurosurgery December 2019 Ambulation on Postoperative Day #0 Is Associated With Decreased Morbidity and Adverse Events After Elective Lumbar Spine Surgery: Analysis From the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC).
J Neurosurg Spine November 2019 Predictors of patient dissatisfaction at 1 and 2 years after lumbar surgery.
World Neurosurg October 2019 Patient Demographic and Surgical Factors that Affect Completion of Patient-Reported Outcomes 90 Days and 1 Year After Spine Surgery: Analysis from the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC).
Neurosurgery October 2019 The Association of Preoperative Opioid Usage With Patient-Reported Outcomes, Adverse Events, and Return to Work After Lumbar Fusion: Analysis From the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC).
World Neurosurg September 2019 The preoperative risks and 2-year sequelae of postoperative urinary retention: analysis of the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC).
Neurosurgery September 2019 Risk Factors Associated With 90-Day Readmissions After Degenerative Lumbar Fusion: An Examination of the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC) Registry.
J Neurosurg Spine August 2019 Use of Patient Health Questionnaire-2 scoring to predict patient satisfaction and return to work up to 1 year after lumbar fusion: a 2-year analysis from the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative.
J Neurosurg Spin February 2019 Adverse events and their risk factors 90 days after cervical spine surgery: analysis from the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative.
Neurosurgery August 2018 Risk Factors Associated With 90-Day Readmissions After Degenerative Lumbar Fusion: An Examination of the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC) Registry

The Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative is a physician-led quality improvement collaborative comprised of a consortium of urology practices in the state of Michigan. The collaborative is designed to evaluate and improve the quality and cost-efficiency of prostate cancer care for men in Michigan. By collecting clinically-credible data, comparing performance among peers, sharing best practices, and implementing changes in clinical behavior, MUSIC aims to achieve more efficient utilization of healthcare resources, improve care delivery, and enhance the quality, value, and outcomes of treatment provided.

Publication Month Title
Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis July 2021
J Urol June 2021
Transl Androl Urol May 2021
Urology April 2021
J Endourol. April 2021
Urol Oncol April 2021
J Urol April 2021
Implement Sci Commun. March 2021
J Urol March 2021
World J Urol March 2021
JAMA Surg March 2021
Urology January 2021
J Urol December 2020
J Urol December 2020
J Urol December 2020
Urology November 2020
BMC Urol November 2020
J Urol October 2020
Urology September 2020
Urol Oncol July 2020
J Urol July 2020
BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. May 2020
World J Urol. May 2020
Urology March 2020
Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis March 2020
Urology February 2020
Urol Oncol February 2020

The Michigan Trauma Quality Improvement Program aims to address inconsistencies and variations in patient outcomes related to trauma-based care. It focuses on quality improvement in high-impact areas such as blood clot prevention and bleeding control.

Publication Month Title
Trauma Surg Acute Care Open December 2020
Inj Prev. October 2020
J Surg Res July 2020
J Trauma Nurs. May 2020
J Surg Res March 2020
J Trauma Acute Care Surg. January 2020 Pull Back the Curtain: External Data Validation is an Essential Element of Quality Improvement Benchmark Reporting.
Surgery October 2019 Association of mortality among trauma patients taking preinjury direct oral anticoagulants versus vitamin K antagonists.
PLoS One August 2019 Complications and resource utilization in trauma patients with diabetes.
J Surg Res July 2019 Not Further Specified: Unclassified Orthopedic Injuries in Trauma Registries, Cause for Concern?
JAMA Surgery August 2018 Association of Hospital Participation in a Regional Trauma Quality Improvement Collaborative With Patient Outcomes.

The Michigan Value Collaborative uses claims data to help hospitals understand variation in healthcare use, identify best practices, and lead interventions for improving care before, during, and after hospitalization. Member hospitals access the MVC data registry to evaluate trends in care utilization, re-admissions and post-acute care around 32 medical and surgical conditions. MVC regularly publishes research in leading journals.

Publication Month Title
Cancer February 2021
Ann Surg December 2020
Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes November 2020
Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes November 2020
BMJ Qual Saf. September 2020
Surgery September 2020
J Neurointerv Surg July 2020
Dis Colon Rectum January 2020 Achieving the High-Value Colectomy: Preventing Complications or Improving Efficiency.
Annals of Surgery May 2019 Association Between Hospital Participation in Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations and Readmission Following Major Surgery.
Surgery April 2019 A statewide comparison of opioid prescribing in teaching versus nonteaching hospitals.
Circ Cardiovasc Interv January 2019 Drivers of Variation in 90-Day Episode Payments After Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: Insights From Michigan Hospitals
JAMA Cardiology January 2019 Center Variation in Medicare Spending for Durable Left Ventricular Assist Device Implant Hospitalizations.
Annals of Thoracic Surgery  2018 Transcatheter vs. Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement Episode Payments and Relationship to Case Volume.
Annals of Surgery September 2018 Provider Characteristics Associated With Outpatient Opioid Prescribing After Surgery.
Annals of Thoracic Surgery December 2018 Transcatheter Versus Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement Episode Payments and Relationship to Case Volume.
Journal of Health Economics September 2018 Moneyball in Medicine
JAMA Surgery January 2018 Drivers of Payment Variation in 90-Day Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Episodes
Cancer February 2018 Early Effect of Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization Participation on Prostate Cancer Care
JAMA Surgery January 2018 Association of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Implementation With Readmission and Mortality Outcomes in Heart Failure
Journal of Oncology Practice February 2018 System-Level Health-Care Integration and the Costs of Cancer Care Across the Disease Continuum
Urology June 2018 Impact of Accountable Care Organizations on Diagnostic Testing for Prostate Cancer
Annals of Surgery May 2018 Strategies for Reducing Population Surgical Costs in Medicare: Local Referrals to Low-cost Hospitals
Annals of Surgery December 2018 The Challenge of Measuring Surgeon Spending for Payment Policies.

The Pediatric Acute Care Cardiology Collaborative (PAC3) aims to improve cardiac acute care outcomes by fostering sustainable quality improvement initiatives and optimizing organizational partnerships.

Publication Month Title
Pediatr Cardiol April 2021
Pediatr Crit Care Med February 2021
Cardiol Young February 2021

The Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4) aims to improve the quality of care for patients with critical pediatric and congenital cardiovascular disease in North America and abroad. It is a unique collaborative of leaders in pediatric cardiac critical care, cardiac surgery, and cardiology who represent a diverse group of centers caring for these vulnerable patients. PC4 and its participating centers have maintained an active scientific portfolio and have collectively achieved outstanding results and greatly enhanced care for their patients.

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Crit Care Med June 2021
Ann Thorac Surg April 2021
Am J Respir Crit Care Med April 2021
Pediatr Cardiol February 2021
Pediatr Crit Care Med. December 2020
Ann Thorac Surg October 2020
Pediatr Crit Care Med. October 2020
Ann Thorac Surg October 2020
Pediatr Crit Care Med. August 2020
Crit Care Med. July 2020
Circ Heart Fail. April 2020
Pediatr Crit Care Med. March 2020
Ann Thorac Surg February 2020
J Am Coll Cardiol December 2019 Improvement in Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Outcomes Through Interhospital Collaboration.
Annals of Thoracic Surgery November 2019 Center Variation in Chest Tube Duration and Length of Stay After Congenital Heart Surgery.
Annals of Thoracic Surgery August 2019 The quest for precision medicine: Unmeasured patient factors and mortality after congenital heart surgery
Annals of Thoracic Surgery May 2019 Sustainability of Infant Cardiac Surgery Early Extubation Practices After Implementation and Study.
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine May 2019 Extubation Failure Rates After Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Vary Across Hospitals.
Cardiology in the Young April 2019 Neonatal and Paediatric Heart and Renal Outcomes Network: design of a multi-centre retrospective cohort study.
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. March 2019 Atrioventricular block after congenital heart surgery: Analysis from the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium.
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine February 2019 A Novel Model Demonstrates Variation in Risk-Adjusted Mortality Across Pediatric Cardiac ICUs After Surgery
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine February 2019 Variation in Adjusted Mortality for Medical Admissions to Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Units.
Cardiology in the Young May 2018 Collective quality improvement in the paediatric cardiology acute care unit: establishment of the Pediatric Acute Care Cardiology Collaborative (PAC3)
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine June 2018 Characteristics, Risk Factors, and Outcomes of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Use in Pediatric Cardiac ICUs: A Report From the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium Registry.
Congenital Heart Disease March 2018 Optimizing patient care and outcomes through the congenital heart center of the 21st century.
J of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery May 2018 Atrioventricular Block following Congenital Heart Surgery: Analysis from the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium.
Annals of Thoracic Surgery February 2018 Duration of Postoperative Mechanical Ventilation as a Quality Metric for Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Programs.
Critical Care Medicine December 2018 Variation in Case-Mix Adjusted Unplanned Pediatric Cardiac ICU Readmission Rates.
Pediatric Infectous Disease Journal August 2018 The Epidemiology of Healthcare-associated Infections in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Units.

Sound Physicians is a leading healthcare organization with a proven track record of improving quality, satisfaction and financial performance for its hospital partners nationwide. Sound combines a high-performance model with engaged providers to drive reproducible results across the acute episode of care – through emergency medicine, hospital medicine, critical care, transitional care and advisory services.

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Health Affairs September 2020