Programs and Initiatives

The CCS actively supports health policy programs and initiatives that improve patient outcomes. Our activities include a wide range of programs and initiatives that focus on quality, access and appropriateness of care. To see some of our most recent accomplishments, take a look at the CCS Annual Reports.

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  • Access to Care

    Heather Ross President

    Chair: Dr. Heather Ross, Toronto, ON

    Access to Care is an area of strong interest to the CCS. Through Access to Care, the CCS promotes awareness and adoption of cardiovascular benchmarks and undertakes new initiatives to provide insight into access to care issues along the continuum of care. As a partner in the Wait Time Alliance, the CCS has released Benchmarks for Cardiovascular Care and participates in the annual Wait Time Alliance Report Card.

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  • Choosing Wisely

    Bhatia Chair: Dr. Sacha Bhatia, Toronto, ON

    Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures. The campaign aims to help physicians and patients make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care. As a partner, the CCS has released a list of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question and endorsed patient pamphlets to help promote appropriateness in cardiovascular care.

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  • Quality Project (formerly DDQI and BRIDGE)


    Chair: Dr. Paul Dorian, Toronto, ON

    The Quality Project is an initiative working to bring together key stakeholders for national reporting on cardiovascular care towards evidence-based practice change. Through the Quality Project, the CCS has developed a Data Dictionary and Quality Indicator E-Catalogue to improve standardization and evaluation of cardiovascular care across Canada. The CCS is committed to implementing consistent data standards and the calculation of indicators across the provinces.

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