As the Michigan Value Collaborative continues its activity in the second half of 2023, the MVC team is taking a moment to pause and reflect on the tremendous work accomplished over the past six months. Here is a look back at some of the highlights.
NEW ED-BASED EPISODE DATA
MVC spent significant time and effort in Q4 of 2022 and Q1 of 2023 developing a new episode-of-care data structure initialized by index visits to the emergency department (ED). This work was done in collaboration with MEDIC—the ED-focused CQI—and the data science portion was completed by ArborMetrix. ED-based episodes were created for 15 high-volume, ED-relevant conditions from January 2017 through the present using all BCBSM, BCN, and Medicare plans for which MVC has claims data. Episodes were created for index events at all qualifying hospitals in Michigan. Over two million ED-based episodes have been created thus far, with plans to update and add additional claims data on a regular cadence. These data were used in the creation of a new ED-based episodes push report and are also available for use in custom reports for members.
ANALYTICS & REPORTING
Since Jan. 1, the MVC team has completed a total of 11 custom requests as well as six push reports, three of which were new:
- ED-based episodes report (hospital version) - new
- Skilled nursing facility (SNF) and home health report (hospital and PO versions) - new
- P4P final scorecards for PY 2022
- Preoperative testing report refresh
- Cardiac rehabilitation report refresh
MVC COMPONENT OF THE BCBSM P4P PROGRAM
So far in 2023, MVC has been busy implementing and adjudicating the MVC Component of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) Pay-for-Performance (P4P) Program. In March, MVC finalized and evaluated PY 2022, sending final scorecards to participating hospitals. PY 2022 was the first year of a two-year cycle for which MVC data was used to evaluate hospitals on two of seven selected episode spending conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colectomy, congestive heart failure (CHF), coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), joint replacement, pneumonia, and spine surgery. The average total points scored was 6/10 before including bonus points, one point higher than the previous PY average. Consistent with previous years, joint replacement was the highest-scoring condition with an average of 4.6 points earned, while pneumonia was the lowest-scoring condition with hospitals earning 1.5 points on average (Figure 1).
After finalizing the methodology for the PY 2024-2025 cycle, MVC collected selections from all hospitals in early Feb. for one of five episode spending conditions and one of seven value metric options. MVC hosted two explainer webinars and five one-on-one meetings to support sites with their episode spending metric and value metric selections. The most common episode spending selection was for joint replacement and the most common value metric selection was seven-day follow-up after CHF.
QUALIFIED ENTITY PUBLIC REPORT
MVC was approved as a qualified entity (QE) in 2022 under the Qualified Entity Certification Program (QECP) and continues to fulfill requirements to maintain QE status. In the first half of 2023, MVC continued to provide authorized hospital users with registry access to QE Medicare data that met program requirements. In Jan., MVC also published its 2022 Annual Public QECP Report. MVC’s first public report as a QE provides information on hospital performance for two sets of measures: rehospitalization following post-discharge home health use, and outpatient follow-up receipt following CHF/COPD inpatient hospitalization. The public report was published on the MVC website and shared with MVC contacts via email. MVC will refresh and publish its next annual public report this fall, adding two new years of data.
MAY COLLABORATIVE-WIDE MEETING
MVC held its spring collaborative-wide meeting on May 19. A total of 86 leaders from a variety of healthcare disciplines attended representing 50 different hospitals and 13 POs from across the state of Michigan. “Connecting the Dots: Celebrating 10 years of value-based care” was the theme, putting the spotlight on care transitions, care coordination, and MVC’s 10 years of supporting data-driven quality improvement. MVC was joined by guest speakers from Trinity Health IHA Medical Group and the new lung health CQI, INHALE. MVC also offered a poster session highlighting the work of several members and partner CQIs. MVC staff prepared a variety of unblinded data presentations, including a first look at its new ED-based episode data as well as unblinded breakout session presentations on its new P4P value metrics. Save the date for MVC’s fall collaborative-wide meeting, scheduled for Friday, October 20 at the Radisson Hotel Lansing.
Over the last six months, MVC delivered a total of 14 workgroups, which were designed to provide a highly accessible online platform for hospital and PO leaders to come together, collaborate, and learn from peers. MVC offers workgroups on six topics this year: cardiac rehabilitation, chronic disease management, diabetes, health equity, health in action, and preoperative testing. Visit the MVC 2023 Events Calendar to check upcoming dates and topics and to register.
In addition, MVC launched a new Lunch and Learn series dedicated to MVC-focused activities and topics. The kickoff session in March included an overview of MVC and its offerings for new site coordinators or partners. The next session in June featured an introduction to MVC’s data sources, its episode structure and methodology, and an analyst-led walkthrough of one of MVC’s most recent push reports. MVC plans to host two more Lunch and Learn sessions later this year on other topics.
NEW COORDINATING CENTER STAFF
In June, MVC welcomed two new data analysts to the Coordinating Center: Kushbu Narender Singh, MPH, and Jiaying (“Janet”) Zhang, MPH. MVC published welcome blogs about Kushbu and Janet last month and looks forward to introducing them to members and partners in the coming months.
AND COMING SOON…
The MVC team is hard at work preparing for its first Rural Health Meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. via Zoom. The purpose of the meeting is to provide presentations and MVC data tailored to its rural or Critical Access Hospital members. This meeting will feature presentations by leaders from MVC, Scheurer Health, and the Michigan Critical Access Hospital Quality Consortium. RSVP here.