UF Department of Surgery’s division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy earns top honors

The UF Department of Surgery’s division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy has earned the highest rating from a nationwide quality initiative collaboration. UF is among 37 organizations—out of 308 nationwide—that earned a three-star rating from the Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization’s Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI).

The VQI is a collaboration of regional quality groups collecting and analyzing data in an effort to improve patient care. The VQI collects perioperative and one-year follow-up data to generate real-time benchmarked reports to assess quality of care and determine best practices in vascular surgery. The awards program recognizes the importance of active participation in VQI, as a critical component of the organization’s quality improvement mission.

Participating organizations receive zero to three stars based on three criteria:

  • Completeness of long-term follow-up reporting (LTFU). LTFU reporting demonstrates a commitment to monitoring the ongoing effects of treatment, assessing potential problems and providing optimal medical management.
  • Physician attendance at regional quality group meetings. Physician and staff attendance at semi-annual regional quality group meetings is critical to drive discussions of outcome variation, to develop regional quality improvement projects, and to encourage multi-center participation in outcomes analysis and quality improvement efforts.
  • Participation in multiple procedure registries. Participation in multiple procedure registries provides more opportunities for learning and improvement.