The MEDNAX Center for Research, Education, Quality and Safety (CREQS) empowers health care providers to take great care of the patient, every day and in every way. As part of our ongoing commitment to improving patient care through evidence-based medicine, we engage in clinical research, education, continuous quality improvement and safety initiatives. Our efforts contribute to better patient outcomes and reduced long-term health system costs, not only for our patients and hospital partners, but for all patients and providers across our specialty areas.
To help facilitate and support research efforts, MEDNAX established a Research Advisory Committee (RAC). The goal of the RAC is to design, implement and maintain a program for clinical research oversight and support that enables our practices to conduct research that is safe, effective, financially viable and legally compliant, while optimizing research opportunities. The RAC’s multi-disciplinary approach involves the collaboration of both clinical and business professionals, including finance, legal and compliance experts, and has ultimately enhanced our research efforts and improved overall process flow.
With participating clinicians located throughout the country, the RAC supports a comprehensive scope of research efforts, allowing for a more in-depth look at our specialties. This nationwide perspective allows us to better anticipate future needs and opportunities.
Learn more about current research trials:
Pain Management in Response to Exparel vs. Standard Bupivicaine (VATS Exparel)
Exparel provides local anesthesia pain management for up to 72-hours post injection. This trial aims to compare patient outcomes when given Exparel versus bupivacaine after a thorascopy. Patients will be evaluated at seven and 30 days post-procedure to assess pain levels, how much pain medication was consumed and track outcomes.
Impact of a Booster Course of Antenatal Steroids on Neonatal Outcome in Patients With Premature Rupture of the Membranes (ACSinPROM)
Women who are pregnant with a singleton within a certain gestation range and experiencing premature rupture of membranes are given a second course of antenatal steroids. This trial looks to discover the impact of a booster course of antenatal steroids on neonatal morbidities, including respiratory distress syndrome.
Non-Invasive Screening for Fetal Aneuploidy
An observational study of the detection of whole chromosome abnormalities and other major defects and deletions through fetal DNA extracted from maternal blood samples.
Vaginal Pessary Versus Expectant Management for Placenta Previa
A comparison of the effectiveness of expectant management versus use of a vaginal pessary in women experiencing preterm placenta previa, with intention of prolonging gestation to 36 weeks or greater. Additional assessments look at maternal and neonatal outcomes post-delivery.
Registry for Severe ROP and Treatment on Visual Outcomes
Improved survival rates of very low birth weight infants have led to increased cases of severe retinopathy of prematurity. This observational study looks to evaluate the visual outcomes of these patients over an extended period of time in association with the therapies and medications used to treat the condition.
Human Milk Feeding Rates Post-NICU Discharge
Data continues to show benefits of human milk use for the medically fragile NICU population. This study is to identify the incentives and barriers to human milk use and breastfeeding post-NICU discharge, with intention of defining better methods of promoting higher rates and prolonged duration.
PDA Post NICU Discharge (PDA)
Varying treatment options are available for premature infants with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). This post-discharge study follows NICU patients discharged with PDA, tracking spontaneous closure rates and incidences of pulmonary and/or cardiac events to identify risk factors associated with adverse outcomes.
Long QT and Hearing Loss Registry
This observational study follows neonatal patients greater than one week of age diagnosed with unilateral or bilateral sensorineural hearing loss to determine the true incidence of long QT. The goal of the study is to determine the incidence of an abnormal ECG and the percentages of these patients with an identifiable genetic mutation as well as patients with an abnormal genetic mutation regardless of the ECG.
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Our commitment to clinical and research excellence is evidenced by our comprehensive educational and professional development opportunities offered online or during live sessions. We continue to be an ACCME accredited provider of medical and nursing continued education and aim to expand our learning materials to new sub-specialties.
Each year, thousands of health care providers worldwide take advantage of educational programs hosted by MEDNAX. The number of clinicians nationally and internationally who participate in these activities is evidence of the depth and breadth of our clinical expertise and position as an industry leader.
As thought leaders in a variety of medical specialties, our conferences attract a broad range of clinicians – from students to recent graduates to seasoned providers.
Steamboat Perinatal Conference
This conference addresses many of the current, dynamic and controversial issues in perinatal medicine. The Steamboat Perinatal Conference attracts a large faculty, all of whom are active in both patient care and clinical research.
January 16 – 18, 2020 | Steamboat Springs, CO | Learn More
Specialty Review in Neonatology
An intensive and comprehensive review of neonatal medicine, this course is invaluable to those preparing for certifying examinations, as well as new or current fellows in training seeking an outstanding fundamental pathophysiology course in neonatal-perinatal medicine.
February 17 – 22, 2020 | San Diego, CA | Learn More
NEO: The Conference for Neonatology
One of the premier national conferences in neonatal medicine, NEO addresses cutting edge, yet practical aspects of newborn medicine.
February 19 – 21, 2020 | San Diego, CA | Learn More
This conference aims to highlight past achievements in perinatal medicine and outline contemporary strategies to further build upon these successes. It will also review the latest research and recent advancements in improving fetal and neonatal outcomes.
May 16 – 18, 2019 | Glendale, AZ | Learn More
Innovations in Neonatal Care
This conference offers a comprehensive understanding of a particular aspect of neonatal care, covering a new theme each year. Expert faculty includes sub-specialists who provide insight into state-of-the-art treatments, research and techniques focused on the unique conference theme.
August 11 – 13, 2019 | Austin, TX | Learn More
Quality and Safety
Through the leadership of our affiliated clinicians and with the support of our CREQS, we have cultivated a culture of continuous quality improvement and safety. The culture we have established is the cornerstone of our success and helps us fulfill our mission. Our team of clinical experts leads and provides oversight for several national quality and safety programs in various subspecialties.
National Opioid Management Collaborative (NOPC) – The MEDNAX NOPC addresses the diagnosis, treatment and management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, as well as other key contributing factors such as managing opioid addiction in pregnancy and responsible prescribing practices in the perinatal period.
MEDNAX NICU Breakthrough Collaborative
Achieving optimal outcomes in the practice of neonatal intensive care is challenging and complex. The MEDNAX NICU Breakthrough Collaborative provides support for 100+ participating NICUs striving to improve a variety of neonatal outcomes, including mortality, late onset sepsis, NEC, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, intraventricular hemorrhage and more.
Enhanced Recovery after Cesarean (ERAC) Collaborative
Enhanced recovery after surgery programs have demonstrated value by improving health outcomes and patient satisfaction while reducing costs. Our ERAC Collaborative gives our affiliated practices and hospital partners tools to assess need and implement ERAC programs.
Best Practices: Amniotic Fluid Volume Assessment Collaborative
The Amniotic Fluid Volume Assessment Collaborative will help our affiliated maternal-fetal medicine practices establish consensus and minimize clinical variations in the definitions and management of abnormal amniotic fluid volume.
ACOG SCOPE Certification Collaborative
The importance of safety is self-evident but the application process to achieve the ACOG Safety Certification of Outpatient Practice Excellence (SCOPE) can be challenging. The ACOG SCOPE Certification Collaborative helps our affiliated practices develop an operations safety manual addressing the content areas required in the SCOPE application.
Shared MFM Content Repository Collaborative
To minimize duplication of efforts and promote best practices in operations and patient education, the Shared MFM Content Repository Collaborative promotes document sharing, including patient instructions, checklists, orders sets and more, among our affiliated practices.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the MEDNAX QCDR as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR). MEDNAX clinicians use the MEDNAX QCDR for submitting MIPS and QCDR quality measures and improvement activities to CMS. MEDNAX provides QCDR services without additional cost to MEDNAX-affiliated clinicians.
For 2019, in addition to its CMS MIPS measures (51), MEDNAX includes the following QCDR measures in its QCDR:
- AQI56 – Use of Neuraxial Techniques and/or Peripheral Nerve Block for Total Knee Arthroplasty
- AQI59 – Multimodal Pain Management
- MEDNAX 53 – Use of Capnography for non-Operating Room Anesthesia
- MEDNAX 54 – Labor Epidural Failure when Converting from Labor Analgesia to Cesarean Section Anesthesia
- MEDNAX 55 – Use of ASPECT for non-contract CT Head Performed for Suspected Acute Stroke
- Quantum 31 – CVL US Guidance
- MEDNAX 52 – Opioid PEG Test
- ABG 7 – PACU Pain Assessment
For more information about how to participate in the MEDNAX QCDR, please contact Wendy Fountain or David Kanter, MD.
Practicing critical decision-making, communication, task and teamwork skills with in situ scenarios promotes optimized clinical performance for high-risk, low-volume critical situations. To meet the needs of our health care providers, hospital and ASC partners, as well as our patients MEDNAX offers a variety of customized simulation programs to instill competence and confidence with one goal in mind: improved outcomes. Our Simulation Program has gained provisional accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, a required first step towards attaining full accreditation, and currently offers highly interactive programs for neonatology, anesthesiology and hospital-based medicine practices.
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Crew Resource Management (CRM) training forms the foundation of our High Reliability Organization (HRO) Patient Safety Initiative. We have adopted CRM strategies – proven to optimize safety in aviation and aeronautics industries – to become an HRO so our health care providers can deliver the safest care while communicating efficiently and effectively. MEDNAX has implemented HRO programs across the continuum of care, including our anesthesia and critical care specialties, and as women’s and children’s service lines.
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Collaborative innovation is the pathway towards excellence in research, education, quality and safety. Because of the critical role innovation plays, our team strives to integrate the latest technological advances, artificial or augmented intelligence, genetic discoveries and mobile applications, into every day care. Tele-and mobile health, virtual reality, next generation sequencing, point-of-care diagnostics, advanced data analytics are currently shaping the future of medicine. Our team is actively engaged in designing projects that will allow us to prevent disease, offer precision care and further optimize patient outcomes.
To promote our public policy efforts at both the state and national levels, MEDNAX’s Government Relations team collaborates with physician groups, professional societies and hospital partners to safeguard access to care for clinical services.