The American College of Cardiology's Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology (ACPC) Section is pleased to provide the congenital heart disease (CHD) community an avenue to review and pilot sets of CHD quality metrics. Available quality metrics may be found below. These metrics were developed under the auspices of the ACC's ACPC Quality Working Group. Details of the quality metric development process and a list of participating teams are available to the left.

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Overview of the ACC’s ACPC Quality Network

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.

Intent of Quality Metrics

In accordance with the 2008 ACC/AHA Classification Care Metrics: Performance Measures and Quality Metrics (Bonow R, et al, JACC, vol 52, No.24, pp. 2113- 2117), the proposed quality metrics are designated for use in internal quality improvement programs only. It is not appropriate for any other use, e.g., pay for performance, physician ranking, or public reporting programs.

Current ACPC Quality Metrics [PDFs]
# Metric Name Effective
001 Complete Aortic Evaluation for Adults with Repaired COA. 04.15.2016
002 Appropriate counseling among pediatric cardiac patients with BMI greater than 85% 01.13.2016
003 BMI measurement in ambulatory pediatric cardiac patients 01.13.2016
004 Non-invasive Imaging: Critical Results Reporting in Pediatric Echocardiography 01.08.2016
005 Non-invasive Imaging: Adverse Events with Sedated Pediatric Echocardiography 10.9.2015
006 Daily documentation of nutrition for infant cardiac admissions 10.9.2015
007 Chest Pain (Family history) 03.17.2016
008 Electrocardiogram for chest pain 10.9.2015
009 Echocardiogram for exertional chest pain 10.9.2015
010 Infection Prevention: Recommendation for Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Patients with Heterotaxy and Asplenia 10.9.2015
011 Infection Prevention: Influenza Vaccination Compliance of Health Care Personnel 12.3.2015
012 Infection Prevention: Adherence to Recommended Regimens of Secondary Prevention of Rheumatic Fever 10.9.2015
013 Kawasaki Disease: Aspirin therapy in Acute and Subacute Phases 02.08.2016
014 Kawasaki Disease: Cardiac Evaluation 10.9.2015
015 Kawasaki Disease: Evaluation of Fever 01.06.2015
016 Kawasaki Disease: No Restrictions on Physical Activities 05.11.2016
017 Kawasaki Disease: Stress Evaluation with Aneurysms 10.9.2015
018 Kawasaki Disease: Appropriate Follow-up for Patients with Giant Coronary Aneurysms 10.9.2015
019 Kawasaki Disease: Complete Echocardiogram Evaluation 03.17.2016
020 Genetic Testing in Tetralogy of Fallot 06.01.2016
021 Echocardiogram performed during the first year of life for ASO Patients 06.01.2016
022 Periodic neurodevelopmental assessment for ASO patients 06.01.2016
023 Assessment of ASO patient lipid profile 06.01.2016
024 Transition planning for ASO patients 06.01.2016
All Download all metric specifications v2.4
ACPC Quality Network Participation [PDF]
Other Resources

Additional resources for Quality Improvement activities and the ACPC Quality Metric resources are available below: