MSA Members,


Recruitment for the Anesthesiology Performance Improvement and Reporting Exchange (ASPIRE) Year 2 is underway. ASPIRE is directed by MSA members, Drs. Sachin Kheterpal and Nirav Shah.  


ASPIRE provides MSA members access to a regionally focused anesthesiology collaborative quality initiative (CQI). Importantly,  it offers interested MSA members opportunities to actively participate in the collaborative's proceedings, as well as the opportunity for MSA to partner with the ASPIRE collaborative to the mutual benefit of the CQI program, the MSA, and every MSA member.


Background information on ASPIRE:


In 2014, BCBSM funded the creation of ASPIRE, a Collaborative Quality Initiative (CQI) focused on Anesthesiology. ASPIRE is housed at the University of Michigan (led by Drs. Sachin Kheterpal and Nirav Shah).  It is clinician driven and clinical process focused. The data collection and meeting costs are funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), demonstrating a unique partnership with our primary payer. BCBSM takes a hands off approach, trusting that clinicians working hard to improve practice can do so if given the resources and trust-worthy environment. Real-world clinical practice throughout the State of Michigan has improved because of other CQIs such as the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC) and the other BCBS Value Partnerships (, and we expect similar results from ASPIRE.


Recruitment of the first hospitals to ASPIRE led to the following year 1 participants: University of Michigan, St. Joseph (Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Livingston), Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak and Troy), Oakwood Hospital (Dearborn and Taylor), and Mercy Muskegon.  We will soon be recruiting hospitals for Year 2 and welcome interest from all anesthesiology departments and practices across the State.  Recruitment information can be located on their website:  If you have any questions on ASPIRE or how to join, please contact the Project Manager, Tory Lacca (  


MSA's objectives of patient safety and quality anesthesia care in Michigan are enhanced by the participation of its members, and members' hospitals or practices, in CQIs like ASPIRE.

Applications for Year 2 are due Monday, August 3rd. 


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