American College of Surgeons announce National Surgical Quality Improvement Program

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

August 3, 2011

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced its goal to enlist at least 1,000 hospitals into its National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

To encourage hospitals to collaborate and share best practices in quality improvement, ACS will host a series of community forums across the nation with health care leaders representing academic medical centers and medical schools, hospitals and not-for-profit health care associations.

As part of the initiative, ACS has also released a series of videos that capture what “inspiring quality” means from the perspective of patients, surgeons and the overall industry. These videos can be found on the ACS website www.facs.org/quality.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently considering five measures based on the programs 40 measures, for potential national implementation as early as 2012.

Source: ACS press release