iNICQ 2015 – NAS Universal Training

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A Universal Training Solution: Improving Outcomes for Infants and Families Affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

Substance use in pregnancy and the number of infants requiring management for NAS continue to escalate across the United States and beyond. In 2013 and 2014, over 200 leading teams from the Vermont Oxford Network focused on systematically implementing the AAP guidelines for the care of infants and families affected by NAS. Additionally, three states adopted the VON curriculum and addressed this challenge with comprehensive statewide efforts.

Working collaboratively these teams have made major strides in standardizing practice by adopting evidence-based policies. They have developed innovative service models for mothers and infants across the trajectory of care. However, given the complex nature of this epidemic, more work is needed.

In 2015, iNICQ centers and statewide collaboratives will focus on adopting a standardized universal interdisciplinary curriculum in an effort to deliver highly reliable care to every patient, every time! The VON designed and tested universal training curriculum will include content from 35 of the leading experts in NAS care, including the author of the AAP Guidelines, Dr. Mark Hudak.

iNICQ 2015: A Universal Training Solution

  • Participate in three 90-minute Internet-based webinars, followed by 30-minute topical work sessions to assist your team in structuring success—no travel required!
  • Learn from world-class faculty
  • Measure progress using VON Day Quality Audits
  • Compare your performance with participating centers worldwide
  • Implement and test “potentially better practices” (PBPs)
  • Structure your QI work using the VON Improvement Toolkits
  • Spread the learning, using the 24/7 on-demand learning portal with access to session recordings, program materials, and pragmatic improvement stories
  • Opportunity to be recognized as a “Center of Excellence” in NAS care.

Continuing Education Credits / Maintenance of Certification Part 4

VON is a Portfolio Provider for the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification Part 4. Individual physicians and physician groups can obtain source of MOC Part 4 credit for participation.

CME Approval Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The University of Vermont College of Medicine and Vermont Oxford Network. The University of Vermont College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Vermont College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NCH Approval Statement:

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multistate Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

For more detailed information regarding continuing education credits or MOC please see the CE/MOC page.

How to Register

Use the “Enroll Now” button at the top of the sidebar to enroll your team in an iNICQ collaborative. You may also register by phone; contact Pam Ford, iNICQ Coordinator, at 802.865.4814 ext 204 /

Vermont Oxford Network will provide ongoing curricular offerings and serial measurement of each center’s progress. Rolling admissions will be accepted and new teams will have access to all of the 2013 and 2014 collaborative materials.

iNICQ Quality Improvement Collaborative Membership Fees

A Universal Training Solution: Improving Outcomes for Infants
and Families Affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
VON Member Non-member
iNICQ Core $3500 $6500


Fee includes access to the Universal Training curriculum and unlimited CME/NCH credits for your entire staff. Fee also includes attendance at the VON iNICQ/NICQ Symposium, Oct 2, 2015. Additional fees required to attend the VON Quality Congress.

A 20% discount applies to health systems and/or state QI collaboratives that register multiple NICUs. Special deeply discounted rates for Level 1 and 2 centers may apply when associated with participating statewide/regional quality improvement collaboratives. Please call for eligibility details and special fee schedules to coordinate with your budget cycle.

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