VQI Pulse Vol 9
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Volume 9
In the April 2017 issue, we highlight the following topics:

VQI@VAM 2017: Agenda and More

The SVS PSO has developed a comprehensive agenda of presentations and events, member requested sessions, and programming that covers the breadth of VQI Registries and networking opportunities. 
  • Tuesday May 30th, Afternoon: Sessions designed to meet the needs of data managers on complex definitions and FAQs, followed by a Poster Session and Networking Reception.
  • Wednesday May 31st, Morning: Sessions for physicians and data managers focusing on practical information, in the form of case studies and best practices, data automation and use of registry data to conduct quality improvement projects that enhance vascular care.
  • Wednesday May 31st, Afternoon: Sessions include topics requested by VQI physicians including demonstrating the value of VQI to hospital administrators and physician dashboards.
Click here for the Proposed Agenda for VQI@VAM 2017
The VQI Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with SVS VAM, and event registration is now open at VQI@VAM Registration.  Discounted room rates are available at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel through the housing website (
Special Note to Data Managers: Based on the most recent recommendation from the SVS PSO Participation Committee, data manager attendance at the VQI@VAM Meeting will be incorporated into the VQI Participation Awards criteria for 2017.  Details on this recommendation will be provided in future issues.


New Member Only Area Launched for VQI Website
In response to members’ comments, we have created a new password-protected Members Only section for the VQI website. This area will enable you to share best practices more effectively with each other and between Regional Groups, such as case studies, videos and presentations as a benefit and resource for members.
The key elements include:
  • A National Shared Area, to include materials from the VQI Annual Meeting (available to all members now)
  • A Regional Shared Area, to include regional best practice materials, flyers and research (in User Testing)
  • A Members Forum for all members on all topics (in User Testing)
Click here to view the Quick Guide to the National Shared Area.

If you are a VQI member, you should have received an email with your credentials to log in to the new National Shared Area within Members Only.  For questions, please contact Nancy Heatley at who administers the site on behalf of the VQI.
Please note: No patient data or Patient Safety Work Product data will be shared in the new Members Only area.  These sensitive data will still be managed within the M2S PATHWAYS clinical database.


National QI Webinars

EVAR LTFU Webinar (April 2017)
The SVS PSO’s second QI educational webinar for 2017 is entitled, EVAR LTFU Imaging: Understanding Current Trends to Improve the Future.  The webinar will cover:  
  • Overview and significance 
  • Problem statement – summary of current research and practice trends
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Goals and plans
Time:     Tuesday, April 25, 2016, at 1pm ET/12:00 Noon CT/11am Mountain/10am Pacific  

  • Adam Beck, MD, FACS is Holt A. McDowell, Jr., MD Endowed Chair of Vascular Surgery, Director of Vascular and Endovascular Therapy, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Chair, Arterial Quality Committee.
  • Salvatore T. Scali, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, and Chair, EVAR Registry Committee.
Clinical Webinar (May 2017)
A PVI webinar will be offered that addresses frequently asked questions that have arisen since the recent changes to the PVI Registry with an overview of the clone functionality. 
Recent Webinars – Discharge Medications
Discharge Medications: Reaching and Sustaining our Goal of 100%.  Copies of the audio transcripts and slides from the February QI webinar, presented by Randall R. DeMartino, MD, and Cheryl R. Jackson, DNP, MS, RN, CPHQ are available at:

Industry Studies
The SVS PSO and M2S are currently conducting two quality improvement projects for VQI centers participating in the Peripheral Vascular Intervention (PVI) Registry. Participating centers will be reimbursed for the additional data entry and follow-up form completion. The two projects are highlighted below:

Bard® LifeStent® Popliteal Stent Project 
The Bard® LifeStent® Popliteal Stent Project is being conducted to further evaluate the Bard LifeStent for treatment of popliteal artery atherosclerosis. 
Click here for questionnaire
Click here for additional information  

Medtronic IN.PACT™ Admiral™ DCB ISR Project 
The Medtronic IN.PACT™ Admiral™ DCB ISR Project is being conducted to confirm that IN.PACT Admiral DCBs are safe and effective for treatment of ISR lesions in the superficial femoral and popliteal arteries. 
Click here for questionnaire 
Click here for additional information


VQI Participation Award Recipients

The VQI Participation Award values the importance of active participation in the VQI as a critical component of our quality improvement mission. VQI centers are eligible to receive up to 3 “Stars” depending on the extent of their participation in three categories:
1. Rate of long-term follow-up (LTFU) reporting
2. Attendance (focused on physicians) at Regional Quality Group meetings
3. Number of vascular procedure registries subscribed
We recognize and congratulate the 43 VQI centers that received 3 Stars, the 69 centers that received 2 Stars and the 90 centers received 1 Star. Click here for a listing of the 2016 Award recipients. Results are listed alphabetically by center name.


Welcome to our New VQI Members

Member Name Region
Baptist Health Louisville Midwest Vascular
Cobb Hospital (Wellstar) Southeastern Vascular Study Group
Greater Heights Hospital (Memorial Hermann HS) SoVONet
Katy Hospital (Memorial Hermann HS) SoVONet
Kennestone Hospital (Wellstar) Southeastern Vascular Study Group
Memorial City Medical Center (Memorial Hermann HS) SoVONet
Northeast Hospital (Memorial Hermann HS) SoVONet
Rush Foundation Hospital Southeastern Vascular Study Group
Southeast Hospital (Memorial Hermann HS) SoVONet
The Woodlands Hospital (Memorial Hermann HS) SoVONet
Vascular Institute of Michigan SoVONet

Clarification on Long Term Follow-up (LTFU) Information

LTFU visits for patients with vascular conditions are ideally conducted face-to-face in the original care setting, but that option is not always feasible.  Other options may be less than ideal but can and should be documented.  VQI members have asked about documentation of LTFU visits that occur outside the office of the physician performing the original vascular procedure. Centers can document LTFU information using the defined options below, which are available from the VQI registry help text:
  • Face-to-Face = Any face-to-face patient contact with anyone in your institution;
  • Phone = Any indirect patient contact
  • Other Source = Different physician or hospital not part of your institution, patient family member, death notice in newspaper, etc.

Special Project: Vascular Patient Advisors Session at VAM

Patient Advisors are people with vascular disease who have been trained in the basics of research, have developed skills to collaborate with researchers, and have interesting stories to share with you that can provide valuable insights from the patient’s perspective. In a program funded by PCORI and the Society of Vascular Surgery, a panel of Patient Advisors will share their personal stories of diagnosis and treatment for vascular disease and discuss at VAM some ideas on how we can improve care for patients. Additionally, clinician-investigators with experience in working with Patient Advisors will share what they learned after a Patient Advisor joined their research team.
Patient Advisors Program at the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting
When:  Thursday, June 1, 2:30-3:30pm OR Reception 3:30-4:30pm
Where: Room 17B, San Diego Convention Center
The Patient Advisors Program was developed by Adrienne Faerber, Ph.D., a researcher and educator at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, funded by PCORI and with support from the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Society for Vascular Nursing.  Learn more at

Research Publications and Presentations

Click here to view the latest list of VQI Publications (as of 2/24/17)

Click here to view the latest list of VQI Presentations (as of 2/24/17)

Latest VQI Participation and Volume Statistics

VQI Summary Slides, March 2017
Total VQI Sites:           412
Total VQI Procedures: 363,960
Number of Procedures Added
If you’d like to know more about any of our recent activities, or have suggestions on other topics, please email
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