In Canada, the single biggest challenge to measuring health care quality – and therefore ensuring value – is the lack of a national quality reporting mandate.
National quality indicator reporting promotes accountability, informs evidence-based policy development and facilitates cross-jurisdictional learning. Most importantly, it ensures that evidence-based, quality care is available to everyone; irrespective of where in Canada they live.
In the absence of a federal mandate, the CCS has been working closely with cardiovascular registries, research institutes and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) to collect, analyze and learn from high-quality, patient-level data. In order for this important work to be sustainable, however, a national measurement and quality reporting system must be implemented to demonstrate cardiovascular care improvement and indicate a return on investment.
As the national voice for cardiovascular clinicians and scientists across the country, the CCS has been increasingly engaging in advocacy activities related to its Quality Project as part of its commitment to enabling the reporting of consistent data standards and the calculation of indicators across the provinces.
Following the release of the 2017 Budget, CCS issued an open letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, asking for a federal investment into cardiovascular quality reporting.
CCS advocacy activities
The CCS is currently seeking federal funding and support to scale up and implement a sustainable national measurement and quality reporting system. Through this program, evidence regarding the quality of cardiovascular care will be reported regularly to clinicians, administrators and policy makers to improve health system performance, enhance the value of care delivered, and improve patient outcomes.
Read our recent pre-budget submission to the federal government’s Standing Committee on Finance to learn why investing in quality reporting and evidence-based decision-making is an essential step in improving cardiovascular care for Canadians.
The importance of sustainable, evidence-based, health system improvements in enabling quality cardiovascular care for all Canadians is recognized and supported by many provincial health care leaders, cardiovascular registries, health care bodies and clinics across the country.
We have received letters of support for the continuation of this important work from many stakeholders, including:
• Max Hendricks, Deputy Minister, Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Health (May 2016)
• Dr. Carl Amrhein, Deputy Minister, Alberta Health (March 2016)
• Dr. Peter Vaughan, Deputy Minister, Department of Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia (February 2016)
• Dr. Stephen Brown, Deputy Minister, British Columbia Ministry of Health (February 2016)