The Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC) aims to advance the science and delivery of emergency care across the state of Michigan. MEDIC is an integrated adult and pediatric, emergency medicine-led project encompassing the full spectrum of care across a diversity of emergency department settings. The collaborative is dedicated to measuring, evaluating, and enhancing the experience and outcomes of patients seeking care in emergency departments. We leverage the shared knowledge and experience of site participants combined with timely feedback on performance on quality measures to improve the care of our patients.
Advance Emergency Care
Work together to advance the delivery of emergency care.
Improve Patient Outcomes
Evaluate current patterns of care, guide quality improvement efforts.
Learn & Collaborate
Provide tools to help providers help each other get better.
Deliver accurate, statistically rigorous performance feedback.
Established in 2015, the Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC) is an emergency physician led quality improvement collaborative comprised of a consortium of hospital emergency departments across the state of Michigan. We develop relationships with emergency physicians in Michigan working collaboratively to collect and analyze data, identify best practices, and improve our collective performance. Participating emergency departments submit data to a clinical registry maintained by the MEDIC Coordinating Center. We hold regular consortium-wide meetings to discuss the data, review measures of processes of care and patient outcomes, develop strategies to change care delivery, and implement best practices for quality improvement.
The consortium is managed by the MEDIC Coordinating Center, which is housed at the University of Michigan. Support for MEDIC is provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and Blue Care Network (BCN) as a part of the BCBSM Value Partnerships program. To learn more about Value Partnerships, visit www.valuepartnerships.com. Although Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and MEDIC 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.
MEDIC Resource Blackout Dates
Due to resource constraints, the MEDIC team will be unable to train newly hired abstractors during the month of June, as we will be performing site audits. Additionally, requests for data or reporting will not be filled in the month of June while the MEDIC team audits and validates the electronic data within the registry. Finally, the two weeks prior to a Collaborative Wide Meeting, the team will be unable to fulfill last minute requests for information. We will respond to your inquiry following the Collaborative Wide Meeting, in the order in which it was received.
News & Events
Newly released MEDIC publication demonstrates the power of a learning collaborative to improve emergency care together
(Check out the links below!)
Annals of Emergency Medicine
M Health Lab
August 2, 2019
Hagerty Center at Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City, MI
November 8, 2019
Lyon Meadows Conference Center
New Hudson, MI
In recognition of their contribution to scholarship at the 2018 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine national conference, the following MEDIC Directors and Clinical Champions were awarded the Best Faculty Abstract in Pediatric Emergency Medicine Award for their abstract “Practice Variation in Emergency Department Chest X-ray” – Michele Nypaver, MD, Rajan Arora, MD, Lee Benjamin, MD, Kelly Levasseur, DO, Michelle Macy, MD, MS, Nicole Sroufe, MD, and Keith Kocher, MD, MPH.
Congratulations to Keith Kocher for being named a Choosing Wisely Champion by ACEP for his leadership as the Director of MEDIC
The Choosing Wisely Champions program is an initiative to highlight individual clinicians or teams of clinicians who are going above and beyond to advance the ideals of Choosing Wisely.
The Choosing Wisely Champions program seeks to:
- Recognize individual clinicians for their contributions to the campaign
- Inspire clinicians seeking to implement Choosing Wisely in their own practice
- Demonstrate how clinicians are driving change in health care, and
- Help clinicians learn from one another by highlighting exemplars.
Nominees were assessed on their work to develop, implement, promote, or research the adoption of Choosing Wisely in emergency care. MEDIC helps emphasize the Choosing Wisely campaign to avoid computed tomography (CT) scans of the head in emergency department patients with minor head injury who are at low risk based on validated decision rules.