MPOG/ASPIRE June 2016 Newsletter


Welcome to the summer edition of the MPOG/ASPIRE newsletter. Since spring we have been working hard assisting sites with implementation, attending meetings and building new data analytic tools.   We are pleased to report that the MPOG/ASPIRE registry contains 4.7 million cases and 3 million unique patients from 25 contributing hospitals.  We want to thank all the active contributing sites  as well as those who are working hard to implement MPOG/ASPIRE for their dedication to our program.

If you have any news items or have any questions, please contact Tory Lacca

MPOG 2016 - 2017 Executive Board

MPOG would like to congratulate the new board members and extend our sincere appreciation to all the department chairs / head of practice who support us.   Participation and engagement are the cornerstone of MPOG, and we would not exist without their continued collaboration.  Please welcome the 2016 - 2016 board: 

3-Year Term (expiring 2019)

Robert Craft, MD - University of Tennessee
Hugh Hemmings, MD - Weill-Cornell/New York Presbyterian
Jeffrey Kirsch, MD - Oregon Health Science University

2-Year Term (expiring 2018)

David Adams, MD - University of Vermont
Lee Fleisher, MD - University of Pennsylvania
Wilton van Klei, MD, PhD - University Medical Center Utrecht

1-Year Term (expiring 2017)

Timothy Cahil, MD- St. Joseph, Michigan
Alex Evers, MD - Washington University, St. Louis 
Warren Sandberg, MD, PhD - Vanderbilt University 

Meeting Updates

International Anesthesiology Research Society 
May 21 - 25, 2016, San Francisco, CA

At the annual IARS meeting, MPOG was honored to present a panel on the “Challenges and Opportunities of International Collaboration in Database Research.”  The panelists, Drs. Sachin Kheterpal, Robert Schoenberger, Amy Shanks and Wilton van Klei, discussed their experiences with national and international collaborations as well as how MPOG continuously strives to enhance data quality.  The spirit of collaboration was well received with the audience.  Specifically, MPOG agreed that transparency is the key with large database research and that statistical code should be published.  Investigators from non MPOG sites are extremely interested in being able to use the MPOG database for research and questioned if or when that would be available. 

In addition, a topic germane to current MPOG research and ASPIRE performance improvement was featured prominently at the IARS.  Protective Lung Ventilation in the Operating Room was the AUA Celebration of Science Symposium topic.  Extensive research (both basic science and clinical) has been performed examining the relationship between lung ventilation parameters and outcomes (e.g. ARDS, hospital stay, mortality).  Both increased PEEP (>5 cm H2O) and decreased tidal volumes (6-10 mL/kg IBW) have been investigated individually, demonstrating associations with improved outcomes.  Bender et al. demonstrated using MPOG data from 2008 to 2012, a reduction in tidal volume and an increased use of PEEP >= 5 cm H2O.  However, to date, there is no consensus on which level of tidal volume and PEEP – when assessed together rather than in isolation – constitutes optimal LPV.  Furthermore, the effect of driving pressure (plateau pressure – PEEP) has been largely uninvestigated until recently. This panel focused on presenting recent research in the field, which suggests that perhaps the key to LPV is driving pressure, rather than tidal volume or PEEP.

MSQC/ASPIRE Quarterly Meeting
June 10, 2016, Kalamazoo, MI

The MSQC/ASPIRE Quarterly meeting was held at the Radisson in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  There was a successful turnout with over 350 providers in attendance overall and 56 participants for the ASPIRE breakout sessions.

ASPIRE was pleased to welcome Dr. Glenn Murphy from NorthShore University Health System, who presented, 'Effects of Residual Neuromuscular Blockade.' Clinical studies suggest that there is an association between residual blockade and adverse respiratory events  Methods to reduce the risk of postoperative residual blockade are needed in order to optimize patient recovery and improve patient safety. 

MPOG/ASPIRE Retreat at the ASA

We are pleased to announce the 2016 MPOG/ASPIRE Retreat at the ASA Annual Meeting this fall.  We have an exciting and informative agenda in store for you!  ASA housing has opened and before everyone makes their travel arrangements we wanted to let you know abut the meeting.

MPOG/ASPIRE Annual Retreat
Friday, October 21, 2016, 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile, Halstead Room (4th Floor)
540 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Click the link view draft agenda
Registration for the MPOG/ASPIRE Retreat will be open in by mid-June, so please check back at that time on either of our websites ( or for registration costs and additional information.  As always, this is a phenomenal opportunity to learn and network with your MPOG/ASPIRE colleagues.

Provider Specific Feedback 

The new Provider Contacts tool was released in May. Access has been granted to each of the Quality Champions and ACQRs for ASPIRE sites who have uploaded to MPOG Central. We have uploaded any provider information previously sent to ASPIRE; we ask sites to please review this information and update as necessary. First name, last name, email address, and NPI should be updated for all active providers.  For those sites participating with the ASPIRE QCDR this year, please add the Tax Identification Number (TIN) for any providers you wish to participate. Please work with your technical team to identify providers using the AIMS Staff ID. Those providers no longer with the organization should be marked as inactive. The information provided in the User Management Tool will be used to send consents for participation with the ASPIRE QCDR this month. Please look for these emails to populate your inbox and respond as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Buehler:

ASPIRE Measures   

TEMP 01 was released in May. Sites can begin reviewing their performance now. Provider-specific reports will include the new measure beginning in June. TEMP 02 and AKI 01 are still in development and will be released in the next month. See the measures portion of the website for more information.

Upcoming Meetings
Friday, September 16, 2016

ASPIRE/MSQC Quarterly Meeting
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Bavarian Inn
Frankenmuth, Michigan
Friday, October 21, 2016

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Marriott Magnificent Mile
Chicago, Illinois
Friday, December 9, 2016

ASPIRE Quarterly Meeting
10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Weber's Inn
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sachin Kheterpal, MD, MBA
Nirav Shah, MD
Associate Program Director
Tory Lacca, MBA
Program Manager
Amy Shanks, PhD
Lead Statistician
Shelley Housey, MPH
Jaime Osborne, MS, RN
QI Coordinator
Katie Buehler, MS, RN
QI Coordinator
Genevevieve Bell
Mark Dehring
Jeremy Jared
Jay Jeong
Anik Sinha
Meghan Young
Administrative Assistant
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