Improvement in Interstage Survival in a National Pediatric Cardiology Learning Network - American Board of Medical Specialties

This article describes a quality improvement (QI) initiative that offered American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV credit as an incentive for physician participation. The National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC) network was established to improve care and outcomes for children with univentricular congenital heart disease (CHD). The network is a multisite collaborative focusing on quality improvement, research, and patient engagement. Centers that participated in the NPC-QIC network identified a reduction in infant mortality related to CHD during this initiative. Significant variation in the care of CHD has been associated with variation in outcomes. The increased reliability of care processes was recognized as a factor in this reduction in infant mortality .

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