Midwest Vascular Collaborative: About Us
The Midwest Vascular Collaborative (MVC) is a voluntary consortium of all providers of vascular health care and their respective institutions. Established in 2012, the MVC includes an integrated team of vascular surgeons, peripheral interventional cardiologists and vascular interventional radiologists, nurses, hospital systems representatives and clinical research personnel, in the Midwest, dedicated to improving outcomes and advancing the care of patients with vascular disease. The MVC participates in the Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative® (SVS VQI®), a national network of regional vascular quality improvement groups collecting common core datasets to pool information that will lead to improved patient care. VQI® offers physicians, hospitals, and clinical researchers the power to more efficiently assess outcomes, enhance clinical quality, and improve practice standards. The MVC functions under the auspices of the Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization (SVS PSO), which provides an infrastructure for sharing and analyzing data.
What We Do
The first step in our process is collecting data on patients for whom members provide vascular care. The data includes patient demographics and characteristics, procedure related details, post-procedure outcomes and long-term follow-up. Data is collected in a registry, through Clinical Data Pathways. Clinical Data Pathways is a secure, web-based data collection and analysis system manufactured by M2S Inc. The PSO is approved by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for analyzing data for quality improvement purposes.
- Under the protection of the PSO, collected data is safe from legal discovery.
- The PSO insures confidentiality of collected patient data.
- Reports cannot be used to penalize providers nor for competitive marketing.
Providers are able to collect patient-identified data to match with the Social Security Death Index, to determine long-term outcomes. Members are also able to collect data for auditing complete data entry by comparison with hospital billing data.
Collected data is then used to benchmark individual practitioners and institutions against each other. For selected procedures and patient care issues, quality goals are set for the group. At any time, physicians or hospitals can run reports on how they are performing, with respect to the set goals, as well as relative to other members of the group.
The data is further investigated, in order to fill in gaps in knowledge that exist about vascular diseases and their treatment. Participating providers compare the effectiveness of various treatment approaches to vascular problems.
Why We Do This
The process of data collection allows each participant to quantitatively track his/her outcomes. Benchmarking enables each participant to assess quality of care relative to other institutions and detect areas for improvement. The collaborative approach facilitates the free exchange of techniques and ideas, so that members can learn from each other. The pooling of data allows for analyses of best practice, which would not be possible using only cases from individual institutions. All of this allows participating providers to achieve our ultimate goal of providing vascular patients with the highest quality of care, while achieving the best possible outcomes in a cost-effective fashion.
Midwest Vascular Collaborative 2015-2016 Officers
Chair, Midwest Vascular Collaborative Quality Committee
Mir Ishti Ali, MD is board certified in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. He has participating in a number of research projects and is an Executive committee member of XLPAD and XLPAD Co-Investigator Multi-Center Registry for PAD.
Dr. Ali has served as Executive Committee member of the Midwest Vascular Collaborative.
National Venous Quality Committee Representative
Sabah Butty, MD is a board certified radiologist in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology at Indiana University School of Medicine Education.
Dr. Butty has been a member of the Radiology Safety Committee. He has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and Vascular Disease Management. He is a member of the Credentialing Committee at Indiana University Health and the Quality and Safety Committee for Co-management Services. Dr. Butty is also the Co- developer for the Level I pulmonary embolus program at IU Health. He is affiliated with Wishard-Eskanazi Hospital, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and IU Health Methodist and West Hospital.
Dr. Butty has served as National Arterial Quality Committee Representative for the SVS PSO.
National Governing Council Representative
Michael Dalsing, MD is board certified in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He is the Director of Vascular Surgery and became the first in 1987 with its creation as a Division of Surgery. He is also the first E. Dale and Susan E. Habegger Professor of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine and is Medical Director of the IU Health Non-invasive Vascular Laboratory.
Dr. Dalsing has been president of the Indiana Chapter of the ACS and Chair of the Board of Governors’ Committee on Socioeconomic Issues. He has been president of the American Venous Forum and the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society. He is past president of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery. He is a member of numerous prestigious surgical societies including but not limited to the American College of Surgeons, Society for Vascular Surgery, American Venous Forum, Central Surgical, The Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery and the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society. He has over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles in press, has written over 35 book chapters and reviews for most major vascular surgery journals with tenures on various editorial boards.
This is Dr. Dalsing’s second term serving as National Governing Council Representative to the SVS Governing Council.
National Arterial Quality Council Representative
Charles Kiell, MD is a board certified vascular surgeon in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the Co-Medical Director of Vascular Services at Franciscan St. Francis Health and a partner of Cardiac Surgery Associates.
Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards and honors as a leader and innovator in vascular surgery. He was first in western North Carolina to develop an endovascular repair program for abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms. He has been invited to present his work in various national and regional meetings, including the annual meetings for the American College of Surgeons, Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, Southern Surgical Association and Wake Forest School of Medicine. He has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Vascular Surgery and serves as a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals.
Medical Director, Midwest Vascular Collaborative
Gary Lemmon, MD is board certified in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery. He is Professor of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine Education, Medical Director of the PV Simulation Program and Associate Program Director, 0-5 PV Fellowship. He is Chief, Vascular Surgery, Indianapolis VAMC. Dr. Lemmon is Vascular Surgery Co-chair of the PV Integration Converence.
Dr. Lemmon has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Vascular Surgery and serves as a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals.
This is Dr. Lemmon’s second term serving as Medical Director of the Midwest Vascular Collaborative.
Chair, Midwest Vascular Collaborative Research Advisory Committee
Raghu Motaganahalli, MD is board certified in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery. Dr. Motaganahalli is Assistant Professor of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine Education.
Dr. Motaganahalli has served as Chair, Midwest Vascular Collaborative Quality Committee