Quality Improvement Task Force

The Quality Improvement Task Force will continue the focus on QI professionals in the donation and transplantation community. The intent is to look at the wealth of data available to the community, primarily through the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). Regular reports provide data on the national goals in a variety of structures and packaging.

The task force will continue working to develop a way to make data more understandable and easier for the community to use in QI efforts in the DSA. Task force members represent the wide variation in data and QI “sophistication” across the 58 DSAs. The QITF meets routinely via conference calls and webinars, with assistance provided by an ODTA Consultant.

QITF Workgroups:

▪ Core Measures – Increasing accessibility and utility of existing data; pushing out data to OPOs; partner organization AOPO producing Quarterly Data Snapshot, which combines OPO performance on National goals, trends, and CMS outcome measures

▪ Performance and Best Practices – Working with Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) contractor to develop composite measure of DSA-wide performance to take OPO and transplant center practices into account

▪ Education – Planning performance improvement educational opportunities for 2013

QITF Members

Charlie Alexander OPTN/The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland
Teresa Beigay HRSA
Diane Bickford CORE (Center for Organ Recovery and Education)
Lori Brigham ODTA/Washington Regional Transplant Community
Roxane Cauwels Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance
Suzanne Conrad ODTA/Iowa Donor Network
Mark Crafton The Joint Commission
Anthony Dawson New York Presbyterian Hospital
Robin Dreas Rush University Medical Cebter
Elling Eidbo AOPO
Sean Farragher LifeCenter Northwest
David Fleming DLA
Grace Harcek Donor Alliance
Steve Haven Mid-America Transplant Services
Robert Higgins, MD Ohio State University Medical Center
Haley Hoy Vanderbilt Medical Center
Tina Kirsch Midwest Transplant Network
Alan Leichtman, MD University of Michigan
Monica Lin HRSA
Kevin Myer LifeGift
Kevin O’Connor DLA/ LifeCenter Northwest
Jeff Orlowski LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma
John Rosendale UNOS
Nicholas Salkowski SRTR
Jon Snyder SRTR
Dina Steinberger UW Health Systems
Susan Stuart Center for Organ Recovery
 LeAnn Swanson  Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance
 Brenda Welsch  LifeSource

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