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    QI initiative profile: MUSIC

    The Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative is an example of a successful, long-running QI collaborative.

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    Khurshid R. Ghani, MD, MS, says MUSIC uses four key principles. First, the collaborative collects high-quality data, using a standardized method. It features a custom-designed clinical registry into which practices feed their data.

    Second, MUSIC collects that data and analyzes it on a systematic and regular basis, then uses the information to provide feedback to individual urologists.

    Third, the program has a collaborative atmosphere.

    “We have meetings three times a year, where all of the state urologists will come together, including their practice managers, nurses, and data abstractors. We go through the information and identify areas for improvement, then we implement processes of care,” Dr. Ghani said.

    The last element, which is the primary aim of the whole collaborative, is that MUSIC focuses on improving patient care.

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    “We’re not a research enterprise. Everything we do is centered around the patient experience, the patient outcome. We have patient advocates who are our moral compass and guide us on what matters and maybe things that we could be doing better,” Dr. Ghani said.

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