The Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC) is a statewide quality improvement collaborative involving orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons with the aim of improving the quality of care of spine surgery. The objective of this collaborative is to heighten patient care outcomes while consequently increasing efficiency of treatment.
Improve patient outcomes
Reduce costs and episodes of care
Minimize the rate of repeat surgeries
About MSSICThe Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC) seeks to measure and improve the care and outcomes of patients who undergo spine surgery. It is supported by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as part of the BCBSM “Value Partnerships” program.
MSSIC focuses on spine surgery including indications for surgery such as stenosis, disk herniation and degenerative diseases for which pain relief and restoration of function are primary treatment goals. Surgeries for tumors, trauma, severe scoliosis or spinal cord injury are not within the scope of this study.
MSSIC focuses its activities on a limited set of quality domains and then expand its focus. The initial areas of focus may include prevention of surgical complications, frequency and management of failed back chronic pain syndrome, fusion vs. non-fusion procedures and tracking patients post-surgery.
The project uses a patient registry to maintain and analyze data on patient characteristics, treatment processes and outcomes of care. The registry is maintained by ArborMetrix of Ann Arbor. The coordinating center is Henry Ford Health System, based in Detroit.
Support for the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC) CQI is provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and Blue Care Network (BCN) as part of the BCBSM Value Partnerships program. To learn more about Value Partnerships, visit www.valuepartnerships.com. The MSSIC Coordinating Center is housed at Henry Ford Health System.
Although Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and MSSIC work collaboratively, the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of BCBSM or any of its employees.
Upcoming 2018 and 2019 MSSIC Collaborative-Wide Meetings
Collaborative-Wide meetings are by invitation only, for MSSIC members only. An RSVP is required to attend meetings.
- November 9th, 2018 – Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, Michigan
- April 12th, 2019 – Location to be determined
- August 2nd, 2019 – Location to be determined
- November 8th, 2019 – Location to be determined
Registration and breakfast service will start at 8:00am. The meeting will start promptly at 8:30am and end at 1:30pm. A “working lunch” will be served.
Surgeon Conference Calls
- February 13th, 2019
- June 12th, 2019
- October 10th, 2019
2018 MSSIC Abstractor Symposium Date
Abstractor Symposium attendance is by invitation only, for MSSIC Abstractors only. Meeting location to be determined.
- May 17th, 2019
Henry Ford Health System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Henry Ford Health System designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. In compliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, all individuals in a position to control/influence the content of this activity are required to disclose relevant financial interests of their own or spouse or partners with any commercial interests and/or non-FDA approved use of a drug or a device that is included in the presentation.
For more information about MSSIC Collaborative-Wide Meetings email: firstname.lastname@example.org