Montana Outcomes Project
The Montana Outcomes Project
Outstanding Program Awards
Each year the Montana Outcomes Project recognizes individual programs from MACVPR that are performing “above the line”. The “line” in reference is the regional benchmark for each indicator being tracked by the outcomes project. Every year we aggregate each programs previous 4 quarters of data and find the program that has the most individual indicators that exceed the regional benchmark. We have the award broken down into 2 categories – one for large rehab programs and one for small programs.
2016 Large Hospital Above the Line Award Winner:
St. Vincent Healthcare :: Billings
Previous winners include:
- 2015 – St. Vincent Healthcare :: Billings
- 2014 – St. Patrick’s Hospital :: Missoula
- 2013 – St. Patrick’s :: Missoula (tie)
- 2013 – Billings Clinic :: Billings (tie)
- 2012 – St. Patrick’s :: Missoula
- 2011 – St. Patrick’s :: Missoula
- 2010 – St. Patrick’s :: Missoula (tie)
- 2010 – Benefis Healthcare :: Great Falls (tie)
2016 Small Hospital Above the Line Award Winner:
Glendive Medical Center
- 2015 – Central Montana Hospital :: Lewistown, MT
- 2014 – Barrett Hospital :: Dillon, MT
- 2013 – Livingston HealthCare :: Livingston, MT
- 2012 – Glendive Medical Center :: Glendive, MT
- 2011 – Barrett Hospital :: Dillon, MT
- 2010 – Sheridan Memorial :: Sheridan, WY
Both hospitals are two time winners of the Above the Line award. Both programs exceeded the benchmark in 11 of 13 indicators being tracked. The winners were recognized at MACVPR’s annual conference in Kalispell this past September. Program staff members were presented a plaque and a letter was sent to each hospital’s CEO. Congratulations St V’s and Glendive Medical Center!
The Montana Outcomes Project
The Montana Outcomes Project started in the summer of 2005 with a collaboration between the Montana Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (MACVPR) and the Montana Cardiovascular Health Program (CVH). The intent of the project is to provide a complete out-of-the-box outcomes program, provide data support to participating programs, which includes the benchmarking of indicators, and provide feedback to each program so they in turn can compare their individual data to that of the entire group. The overall goal is to use the feedback to drive quality improvement (QI) projects that result in improved patient care.
The indicator selection process focused on 2 specific goals:
1) The indicators needed to be relevant and easy to administer
2) The indicators needed to be complete enough to fulfill AACVPR certification/re-certification criteria
(Click HERE to Indicators)
Participating programs submit their de-identified data to the CVH Program for analysis on a quarterly basis. The data is aggregated with means generated for patient demographics and for each indicator. Each program is then provided with feedback that has their individual data plotted against the regional mean.
(Click HERE to Feedback)
Based on the data from the Outcomes Project, the CVH Program and MACVPR have collaborated to provide two statewide QI projects. The first was a train-the-trainer session on patient education fat reduction strategies, and the second was related to improved functional capacity gains for rehab patients. Both projects were very successful with well over 20 programs taking part.
The Outcomes Project collects data from over 100 programs representing 18 states. Each quarter over 3,000 individual patients are added to the database which now has well over 100,000 patients. The Montana Outcomes Project is no longer accepting new programs.
As of 2016, Mike McNamara has presented the Montana Outcomes project at various state and national cardiac rehab conferences including:
- UPCRA – North and South Dakota
- Montana & Wyoming
- National Conference – AACVPR 2008 in Indianapolis
Outcomes Posters & Literature
New for 2016:
- The Dose-Response Effects of Cardiac Rehabilitation on Exercise Capacity and Health Outcomes in Cardiac Patients
- ACSM — Cardiac Rehabilitation Reduces Depression and Improves Quality of Life in Men and Women
- AACVPR — The Effects of 13 Cardiac Rehabilitation Sessions on Functional Capacity, Health, and Dietary Status in Heart Failure Patients
- AACVPR — Factors associated with non-completion of cardiac rehabilitation – Men vs. Women
2012 AACVPR Poster
A journal article was also published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention in November of 2009. Download the JCRP article.
Posters were presented at AACVPR’s annual conference in Salt Lake City in 2007, Indianapolis in 2008, & Milwaukee in 2010, highlighting the Outcomes Project.
Download 2007 Poster | Download 2008 Poster
Download 2010 AACVPR Outcomes | Download 2010 Heart Failure Outcomes
If you’d like more information on the Montana Outcomes Project, please contact:
Mike McNamara, MS FAACVPR
Cardiovascular Health Program
P.O. Box 202951
Helena, MT 59620