November 7, 2023
The ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized 78 of an eligible 615 hospitals participating in the adult program for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2022.
“All hospitals who use the ACS NSQIP program to continually improve surgical outcomes for their patients should be commended, because we know that one of the essential elements of achieving high-quality care is using good data to evaluate the care you provide,” said Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, Director of the ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care. “Unfortunately, we know many hospitals do not use good, accurate data. These Meritorious ACS NSQIP hospitals go a step further—not only using good, accurate data, but also by achieving high-quality patient outcomes.”
ACS NSQIP-participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures; these outcomes are then analyzed by ACS and reported back to hospitals. The results will inform patient safety initiatives within the hospital and be used to positively impact the quality of surgical care.
The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a meritorious composite score in either an “All Cases” category or a category which includes higher risk cases (“High Risk”). Each composite score was determined through a different weighted formula combining eight outcomes. Outcomes in the following eight clinical areas were evaluated:
These 78 hospitals achieved the distinction based on an outstanding composite quality score, calculated from risk-adjusted data from the July 2023 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2022 calendar year. The meritorious hospitals are eligible to display these achievements amongst their staff and within their institutions.