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NICQ 8 & iNICQ Intensive Teams Collaborative Event
Thursday, October 3 & Friday, October 4, 2013

Registration is limited to existing NICQ 8 and iNICQ Intensive Teams.
Faculty Bios
NICQ 8 Poster Requirements

In addition to the voluntary data sharing that is a core function of the Vermont Oxford Network, there are two unique Quality Improvement Collaboratives that are available to members of The Network. These collaboratives are focused on translating the data into real-world practice changes to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and value of care for infants and their families.

The first is the NICQ 8 Collaborative, where enrolled teams are organized into “Home Rooms” for improvement. Forty-three multidisciplinary teams and parent advisors, utilizing expert faculty guidance and a combination of webinars, face-to-face events, and a unique ONSITE meeting model at a host member center, have been working together for 3 years and will share their improvement stories in Chicago.

A second collaborative alternative is the Internet-based Quality Improvement Collaborative, iNICQ 2013. Although the themes and topics vary from year to year, iNICQ 2013 is focused on controversies in the care of infants and families affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome. The iNICQ collaborative has two options, a Core and an Intensive Curriculum. Over 200 NICUs and community hospital nurseries are participating in the Core work, which is entirely internet-based. Forty-eight teams from the Intensive Curriculum participate in the internet-based Core collaborative, as well as in additional intensive quality improvement web sessions.

The NICQ 8 and the iNICQ Intensive teams will attend the face-to-face quality improvement event preceding the Annual Meeting and Quality Congress on October 4, 2013 in Chicago.

Agenda Highlights
The Friday morning session will focus on quality improvement, beginning with a plenary session on contextual inquiry presented by Heather Kaplan and Lloyd Provost. Jim Handyside will expand upon the work of the NICQ 8 Collaborative centers with a session titled Standardized Process: A Shared Baseline for Continuous Improvement. The NICQ 8 homeroom faculty experts will then describe the high impact lessons learned by teams during the course of NICQ 7 & NICQ 8, with commentary provided by a panel of quality improvement experts. To wrap up the morning, Madge Buus-Frank will provide an overview of the iNICQ 2013 Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Quality Improvement Collaborative.

The NICQ 8 and State Group Collaborative teams will spend most of the afternoon working intensively with their Homerooms. The iNICQ faculty will present point/counterpoint debates addressing the top three clinical controversies and quandaries in NAS Care for the iNICQ teams to consider. All teams will come together for the closing plenary to learn lessons from families affected by substance abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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