Welcome to the Virginia Cardiac Surgery Quality Initiative website. This site is intended for physicians, nursing executives, quality improvement specialists, and others interested in enhancing the quality of cardiac surgery outcomes and making best use of scarce resources.
VCSQI is a voluntary consortium of 16 hospitals and 10 cardiac surgical practices providing open-heart surgery in the Commonwealth of Virginia. VSCQI’s members perform over 99 percent of Virginia’s open-heart procedures. The group has convened since 1996, comparing data and exchanging information to improve the quality of surgical care and contain costs. VCSQI helps implement protocls to reduce post-operative complications, was involved in the adoption of quality measures in cardiac surgery for the National Quality Forum, and has formulated policies on pay for performance programs.