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Implementation of New Lipids CPG is Focus of April 7th VA & Million Hearts® Virtual Conference

As VA’s lead program office for the Million Hearts® initiative,  the Office of Quality, Safety and Value (QSV) invites you to a virtual conference Tuesday, April 7th regarding  the implementation of the new  lipids clinical practice guideline.   Join VA experts as they discuss evidence-based practices to address dyslipidemia and help reduce cardiovascular risk.  The conference also will feature strategies and recommendations that healthcare providers can use to help patients better manage this condition and improve outcomes.   Now in its third year, Million Hearts® is the national initiative led by the Department of Health and Human Services and is aimed at preventing one million heart attacks and stroke by 2017.   VA, through QSV, is an active partner in this important collaboration. To participate in the April 7th virtual conference, go to Adobe Connect and sign in with your full name.   Audio will be available through your computer (VoIP) or by dialing 1-800-767-1750, Access Code 49114#.  VA Employees: sign up via TMS.

Click here to view the Million Hearts® Fact Sheet.

In February, 30 VAMC facility leaders representing mostly VISNs 5-9 gathered for Medical Staff Leadership boot camp.  Through extensive discussion and personal knowledge, the week-long training program enhanced participants’ skills as subject matter experts and strengthened their capacity to advise senior VAMC leadership. Hosted quarterly by QSV’s Medical Staff Affairs division, each boot camp provides an overview of how to manage VAMC facility clinical professional practice processes, and is designed to be highly interactive. A key area of focus during the February session was the monitoring of clinical staff competency; from addressing concerns about clinical staff practice to identifying possible “red flags” when hiring new candidates using VetPro (VHA’s electronic credentialing system) as a supervisory tool.   Participants also learned how to handle complex situations such as adverse privileging processes, including reports to State Licensure Boards.

To learn more about QSV, read the "Opening Doors to Better Health Care" article by Acting Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety and Value, Robin Hemphill, MD, in “The Year in Veterans Affairs & Military Medicine 2014-2015”

The QSV article starts on page 54 and ends on page 59.

National Compliance and Ethics Week April 27 - May 1, 2015

Co-sponsored by QSV’s Office of Compliance and Business Integrity (CBI) and the National Center for Ethics in Health Care (NCEHC) through its IntegratedEthics (IE) initiative, this annual event highlights the importance of organizational integrity, business compliance and ethics quality in providing the best services and care to the nation’s Veterans. This year’s theme is “Excellence and Integrity”. The CBI program is committed to achieving the highest standards of business integrity, while the IE program enhances ethics quality.

Want to learn more about the Office of Quality, Safety & Value? Click here to view our About Page.


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