The Best Practices Committee's mission is to serve as a framework for MCS coordinator-driven care that is most current, evidence based and compliant with regulatory standards. These directives represent consensus of the MCS community that are intended for multiple, diverse programs achieving optimal patient outcomes. Their vision is to develop best practices and clinical pearls in the care of MCS patients through interdisciplinary collaboration. With this, they serve as a valuable resource to new centers and new coordinators. 

Membership Requirements:

  1. Minimum of 1 year as an MCS clinician
  2. Active ICCAC member
  3. Industry members may apply with previous MCS clinician experience
  4. Should multiple applicants apply, each will be required to provide a brief synopsis including their reasons for applying, vision for the committee and MCS experience. These applications will be reviewed and voted on by the active committee.
  5. Active members must participate in over 75% of monthly phone calls. Should scheduling conflicts occur, an email including project updates will suffice.
  6. Each member will take the lead on one project per year. It will be the responsibility of the Chair/Co-Chairs to ensure that deadlines are met and projects progress.

For more information, please contact Bill Shay, Best Practices Chair, at

Best Practices Subcomittee
Best Practices Subcommittee

The Best Practices Subcommittee is building a library of best practices involving VAD coordinator-driven care intended for diverse programs. Their goal is to assist in offering evidence-based best practices and to streamline and standardize MCS patient care across centers nationally and internationally. These practices are compliant with regulatory standards and represent the consensus of the VAD community.

Examples of past and current work include:

  • First Responder Field Service Guides
  • Exit Site Management
  • Education

For more information, please contact the Best Practice Chair, Bill Shay, at