Regional collaborative quality improvement combines measurement and feedback of outcomes data with region-wide implementation of quality improvement interventions. Specifically, regional collaborative quality improvement programs use prospectively collected clinical registry data to provide regular feedback on performance. They convene regularly to review and interpret registry data with a specific focus on areas of variation in practice or outcomes. Once the processes that are associated with the best outcomes and best practices are identified, they are broadly implemented throughout the region. The Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group, which started in 1987, is the original regional collaborative quality improvement collaborative.
In the State of Michigan, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan/Blue Care Network (BCBSM/ BCN) has funded similar programs in many clinical areas including surgery (cardiac, bariatric, other types of general and vascular surgery). Investigators at CHOP run these programs and are also involved in evaluating their effects on the quality and cost of healthcare.
The Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy is home to five collaborative quality improvement programs, all of which are funded by BCBSM/BCN.