The ACC’s Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology (ACPC) Quality Network (QNet) aims to provide participants and corresponding practices a means of engaging in quality measurement and improvement targeted to the congenital heart disease (CHD) and pediatric cardiology community.
The ACPC Quality Network is building off the work of the ACPC Section’s quality metric work in developing metrics across several domains in pediatric cardiology and CHD. The primary objective of this program is to create a user-friendly and minimally burdensome metric implementation and data collection process for QNet participants.
The QNet quality metrics are designated for use in internal quality improvement programs only and will not be used for other purposes (i.e. pay for performance, physician ranking, or public reporting programs). Data will be collected at the facility/site level. Participating sites will only report numerator(s) and denominator(s) for each metric and will not provide any personal health information (PHI).
ACC will aggregate data and will produce quarterly performance reports that will display facility level performance across a suite of quality metrics.
The ACPC Quality Network is intended to be a flexible tool, with metrics added or removed on an annual basis. The College will seek MOC Part IV accreditation for participants and will emphasize collaborative QI activities and engage QNet participants in a variety of on-line and in-person learning sessions, aimed at identifying opportunities to measure and increase quality care in the CHD community.