Sachin Kheterpal, MD, MBA
Nirav Shah, MD
The Anesthesiology Performance Improvement and Reporting Exchange (ASPIRE) was established in June 2014 under the sponsorship of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network (BCBSM / BCN). ASPIRE is based at the University of Michigan and is led by Sachin Kheterpal, MD, MBA, and Nirav Shah, MD and focuses on improving perioperative outcomes.
Members are welcome from any part of the country but members from Michigan are eligible for funding from BCBSM (see Membership for further information for funding opportunities).
Hospital and anesthesiology provider specific feedback will be used to decrease variation in care in processes known to impact postoperative complications and cost. ASPIRE will initially target 6 domains of care (anesthesia technique, hemodynamic management, intraoperative ventilation, neuromuscular blockade, fluid balance, and depth of anesthesia). ASPIRE will mainly collect anesthesia provider, process of care, and outcome data using cost-effective automated electronic health record interfaces. We will also collect data by manual abstraction when necessary.
All ASPIRE quality champions are invited to participate in our ASPIRE Quality Improvement Committee, which meets once a month via web conference. The committee provides all members with an important opportunity to engage with their peers from across the world in efforts to identify, disseminate and implement best practices in anesthesia care. Hospital and anesthesiology provider specific feedback will be used to decrease variation in care in processes known to impact postoperative complications and cost.