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.

2017 Large Hospital Above the Line Award Winner:

St. Vincent Healthcare :: Billings

Vicki Pleas, St. Vincent Cardiac Rehab and Mike McNamara Outcomes Coordinator

Previous winners include:

Large

  • 2016 – St. Vincent Healthcare :: Billings
  • 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)

2017 Small Hospital Above the Line Award Winner:

Stillwater Billings Clinic

Jule’ Bruusema Stillwater Billings Clinic and Mike McNamara Outcomes Coordinator

Small

  • 2016 – Glendive Medical Center :: Glendive, MT
  • 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

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.

INDICATORS

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)

FEEDBACK

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)

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

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.

GROWTH

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.

NATIONAL EXPOSURE

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
  • Michigan
  • Arizona
  • Washington
  • Montana & Wyoming
  • Oregon
  • Arizona
  • National Conference – AACVPR 2008 in Indianapolis

Outcomes Posters & Literature

New for 2017:

2016:

2015:

Carrie Oser – Cardiovascular Health Program – AACVPR Conference Washington DC 2015

Carrie Oser – Cardiovascular Health Program – AACVPR Conference Washington DC 2015

Ashley Wishman – Bozeman Deaconess Health Services – AACVPR Conference Washington DC 2015

Ashley Wishman – Bozeman Deaconess Health Services – AACVPR Conference Washington DC 2015

2014:

2012:
2012 AACVPR Poster

2011: Posters presented in Anaheim at AACVPR’s 2011 National Conference:
2011 AACVPR Poster | 2011 PHQ 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

Contact Information

If you’d like more information on the Montana Outcomes Project, please contact:
Mike McNamara, MS FAACVPR
Project Coordinator
Cardiovascular Health Program
P.O. Box 202951
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-9170
mmcnamara@mt.gov