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November 8, 2017 | Volume 2 | Issue 11

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Sepsis |  Avoidable Imaging  | Chest Pain 

Quality Tip & FAQ 

 
 

Sign up to Participate in E-QUAL's 2018 Learning Collaboratives!

Deadlines to Enroll in each 2018 Learning Collaborative

Sepsis Initiative Wave III
February 21, 2018

Avoidable Imaging Initiative Wave III
March 22, 2018

Chest Pain Initiative Wave II
April 19, 2018

To sign-up please visit the E-QUAL Homepage and click on the green E-QUAL Initiatives Portal button.
 
 

E-QUAL Publication 

Preliminary Performance on the New CMS Sepsis-1 National Quality Measure: Early Insights From the Emergency Quality Network (E-QUAL)

E-QUAL's first publication is a guide to EDs and policymakers on current CMS SEP-1 performance and ED sepsis best practices implementation. 

 
 
 

E-QUAL Learning Collaboratives

Sepsis | Avoidable Imaging | Chest Pain


Register Today: E-QUAL General Office Hours - LIVE Webinar

December 13, 2017 from 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EST

 
 
 

Sepsis Portal Activities

 

As participants in the Sepsis Wave II learning collaborative, please make sure to continue to complete the portal activities. We recommend that you complete one activity per month. At this time your site should be working on Activity 10 "Benchmarking II". The submission deadline for Activity 10 is November 17th
To receive a benchmarking report, your site must complete Activity 10 by the deadline.  

 

 

Webinar Review

 
 

Sepsis Reassessment
Nova Panebianco, MD
Todd Slesinger, MD

Our webinar this month aimed to help care givers by:

  • Obtaining images of the IVC with ultrasound and how to interpret these images.
 
  • Reviewing other methods of fluid reassessment including static, dynamic, and respiratory variation.
 
 

Sepsis eCME

Achieving the Triple Aim in Critical Care Using Advanced IT and Business Strategy

To view all of E-QUAL's Sepsis Initiative eCME, click here.

Sepsis Podcast

New recommendations from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, and What do they Mean for the Emergency Department?

To view all of E-QUAL's Sepsis Initiative podcasts, click here.

 

Avoidable Imaging Portal Activities

As participants in the Avoidable Imaging Wave II learning collaborative, please make sure to continue to complete the portal activities. We recommend that you complete one activity per month. At this time your site should be working on Activity 6 "Download and Review Data".

 

Webinar Review

 
 

Renal Colic & PE CT
Chris Moore, MD
Jeff Kline, MD

Our webinar this month aimed to help care givers by:

  • Discussing the pros and cons of various imaging options (ultrasound, standard CT, low dose CT, no imaging) in suspected acute renal colic.
 
  • Recognizing the consequences of testing for PE in a low risk patient, from one patient perspective.
 
 
 

Avoidable Imaging eCME

Malpractice – A Driver of Over-Ordering

To view all of E-QUAL's Avoidable Imaging Initiative eCME, click here.

Avoidable Imaging Podcast

Working with Radiology to Reduce Avoidable Imaging

To view all of E-QUAL's Avoidable Imaging Initiative podcasts, click here.

 

Chest Pain Portal Activities

As participants in the Chest Pain Wave I learning collaborative, please make sure to continue to complete the portal activities. We recommend that you complete one activity per month. At this time your site should be working on Activity 3"Engage Cardiology Leadership and Review Project Plan".   

 

Webinar Review

 
 

Dollars and Sense of Imaging Options for Chest Pain
Kristin Newby, MD
Michael Kontos, MD

Our webinar this month aimed to help care givers by:

  • Choosing stress testing and imaging selectively, based on: disease probability, patient characteristics, test characteristics, test availability, and cost.
 
  • Discussing these tests with your cardiology and radiology colleagues to develop an evidence-based algorithm to order the right test on the right patient at the right time.
 
  • Evaluating the strengths, limitations, and outcomes of the tests with which you will be working.
 
 
 

Chest Pain eCME

Making the Most Out of an Observation Stay

To view all of E-QUAL's Chest Pain Initiative eCME click here.

 

Chest Pain Podcast

Risk Stratification Scores and Shared Decision Making

To view all of E-QUAL's Chest Pain Initiative podcasts click here.

 
 




 


“No matter what the cardiologists say, you are a better Emergency Doctor with high sensitivity troponin than without it.

W. Franklin Peacock, MD, FACEP, FACC, Baylor College of Medicine

 

Interested in providing Quality Tips from your experiences? Your tip will be highlighted and credited to you, as shown above. Please contact us at equal@acep.org.

 

 

 

Question:

What resources will the learning collaboratives provide to participating sites?

Answers:

Each learning collaborative will be a distinct national campaign launched under the common mission and model of E-QUAL. Each learning collaborative includes three stages:

1. Recruitment & Enrollment
  • Enrollment Pledge
  • Quality Readiness Assessment Survey


2. Learning Period (9 months)

  • Monthly Webinars
  • Introduction to tool kit, guidelines and other informational materials
  • Online E-QUAL Portal Activities
  • CME and MOC activities
  • Benchmarking data
  • Office Hours
 

3. Wrap Up

  • Data and Summary Reports
  • Lessons Learned Evaluation
  • eCME & MOC credit
  • Meet CMS PQRS requirements
  • Re-enrollment
 

If you have any further questions please reach out to us at equal@acep.org.

For other questions please visit our updated FAQ page. If your question has not been answered, please e-mail us at equal@acep.org.

 
 


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