Panel: Data and Quality Initiatives: Addressing a Costly and Deadly Condition

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In this session, several expert panelists share a unique model to improving care and outcomes for patients with Sepsis. Discussions include the costs of sepsis and the variation in costs across hospitals in the State of Michigan; the impetus for the launch of a unique model to address sepsis costs, morbidity and mortality for patients with Sepsis from the patient, customer and insurer perspective; the history of the BCBSM Collaborative Quality Initiatives (CQI’s) and the impact of these programs on decreasing complications and improving patient outcomes; and the data collection strategy and preliminary findings from a sepsis quality initiative that was launched in early 2021 across 15 Michigan hospitals.

This course was originally recorded in June 2021 as part of Sepsis Tech & Innovation. 

Target Audience

Industry leaders, Public Policy Experts, Health and hospital Leadership (C-Suite, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, CIOs), Health quality and decision support leaders, Health Investors and VCs, Health and Technology Media, Health Advocates, Health Advisors, Health Educators, Health Marketers. 

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Hallie Prescott, MD, MSc

Associate Professor, University of Michigan; Core Investigator, VA Center for Clinical Management Research

Dr. Hallie Prescott is an Associate Professor in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at the University of Michigan and staff physician at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Hospital. She is an expert in long-term outcomes and recovery after sepsis. Her research program has been funded by AHRQ, NIH, and Department of Veterans Affairs. She is a vice-chair of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines, council member of the International Sepsis Forum, and physician-lead for a BlueCross/Blue Shield of Michigan sepsis quality improvement consortium of 50 Michigan hospitals.


Scott Flanders, M.D.

Chief Clinical Strategy Officer, Michigan Medicine

Scott A. Flanders, M.D. is currently Chief Clinical Strategy Officer for Michigan Medicine,where in partnership with the Chief Strategy Officer, he is responsible for developing and operationalizing Michigan Medicine’s growing statewide network. Dr. Flanders isa Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Michigan, where he serves as Vice Chair for the Department of Internal Medicine. He was the founding leader of Michigan’s Hospital Medicine Program, and from 2003-2017 grew the program from four faculty to over 100, while concurrently developing robust clinical, educational, quality and research programs within the section. Dr. Flanders was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and is a Past-President of SHM. In 2013, Dr. Flanders was awarded the designation ofMaster in Hospital Medicine by the Society of Hospital Medicine.Dr. Flanders’ research interests include hospitalists, hospital-acquired conditions and their prevention, dissemination of patient safety and quality improvement practices, and the diagnosisand treatment of lower respiratory infections. Dr. Flanders developed and leads the Michigan Hospital Medicine Safety (HMS) Consortium, focused on preventing adverse events in hospitalized patients. He has authored over 150 journal articles and book chapters, and has edited two textbooks and a book series in the field of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Flanders received his Medical Degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency and chief residency at the University of California, San Francisco.

Amy McKenzie, MD, MBA 

Associate CMO, Provider Engagement, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan 

Amy McKenzie, MD, MBA is a board-certified family medicine physician with 13 years of experience in private practice and over seven years of experience in healthcare administration and clinical leadership. Dr. McKenzie joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in 2013 as a physician consultant supporting Quality Management and Accreditation and is now the Associate Chief Medical Officer leading Provider Engagement.  Her current team provides clinical leadership for provider value-based programs and risk contracting and helps to enable and support the network through education, communication, and partnering on practice transformation efforts.   She also leads the Behavioral Health Strategy and Planning team responsible for development and implementation of the BH strategy. Dr. McKenzie serves on the State of Michigan Certificate of Need Commission and has served as a former board member and president of the Michigan Academy of Family Practice Foundation. She graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University and completed her residency at St. John Providence Health System in Southfield, Michigan.  In 2017, she completed her MBA with a focus in medical management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.   


John Syrjamaki, MPH

Manager, Data Analytics, Michigan Value Collaborative 

John Syrjamaki is the Manager of Data Analytics for the Michigan Value Collaborative (MVC) and a member of the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan. After graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology, Mr. Syrjamaki earned a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences and Toxicology from the University of Michigan. He is responsible for leading all analytic and data-related efforts of the Collaborative, including the creation of custom performance reports and management of the online MVC data platform. He provides direct analytic consulting services to 87 member hospitals and 40 physician organizations, manages partnerships with other Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) Collaborative Quality Initiatives (CQIs), and works closely with BCBSM and outside vendors concerning data needs and improvements.

No continuing education credits are offered for this session.

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