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2021 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL

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ACS 2021 Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL Is Live—Register for Free Today!

The ACS 2021 Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL has begun and runs through July 16—and you can still register for FREE and watch on-demand both recorded and upcoming live content. Don't forget to follow along on Twitter at @AmCollSurgeons and use the hashtag #QualitySafety21.

Some highlights of the conference so far include the following:

  • Lillian Kao, MD, MS, FACS, unveils the Quality Improvement Course, a new initiative developed by Dr. Kao in collaboration with the ACS, and previews the accompanying QI Basics conference series.* 
  • There are now 60 on-demand sessions available. From defining the role of the surgical clinical reviewer in QI to discussing how surgical quality evolved during the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to a breakdown of the ACS Quality Programs, these on-demand sessions are sure to have content of interest to all attendees.
  • Watch Steven Wexner, MD, FACS, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, FRCSI(Hon), FRCSGlasg(Hon), Vice-Chair, ACS Board of Regents, interview the 2021 ACS QSC Keynote Speaker Eduardo Garcia. Dr. Wexner asks all of the questions about Mr. Garcia’s experience that attendees will want to know the answers to.* 

*Recording of live sessions will be available on-demand approximately 24 hours after initial release.

There already are dozens of hours of other quality and safety content available, and more to come as the conference continues. Check out the agenda to see everything that is available! Content will remain available through July 19. Visit the 2021 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL website for more information and to access the virtual platform. Register or sign into the conference website today and start watching!

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

ACS Launches the New Quality Verification Program


One of the biggest events at this year’s conference has been the official launch of the ACS Quality Verification Program (QVP). The ACS QVP takes core elements of Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety, also known as the “Red Book,” to establish standards and a verification process to improve efficiency, care, and value for all surgical patients across all divisions of surgery within the hospital.

The key principles of ACS QVP are driven by data surveillance and standardized processes and systems to identify problems and improve the quality and safety of surgical patient care.

“The aim of the Red Book is to lay out how to operationally achieve surgical quality and safety for any hospital. ACS QVP serves to help hospitals verify that standards laid out in the Red Book are optimally in place, which is important for hospitals on the surgical quality journey,” said Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care.

Hospitals participating in ACS QVP benefit from a cost-effective, low-burden method to ensure quality and safety for all surgical patients. Each facility receives a customized report with actionable recommendations for building and improving a surgical quality infrastructure. Recognition as an ACS QVP-participating hospital means patients can be confident that a hospital is committed to high-quality care and a core infrastructure exists that underpins quality across all departments and divisions of surgery.

Learn more about ACS QVP today.

View Quality and Safety Conference Session Introducing QVP

The on-demand session, Unveiling the ACS Quality Verification Program, explores how the ACS QVP is designed to complement data collection efforts and offers a guided journey to standardizing and aligning existing surgical quality efforts and resources. Watch today to see what this new program has to offer your institution.

ACS Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program Releases Updated Standards

Optimal Resources for Children’s Surgical Care 2021 CoverThe ACS Children’s Surgery Verification (CSV) Quality Improvement Program has announced the recent release of the second version of its Optimal Resources for Children’s Surgical Care manual. The updated standards are intended to ensure programs can achieve a high level of continuous quality improvement for children’s surgery patients from when they first enter a hospital setting until they are discharged.

The updated standards detail principles regarding hospital resources, quality improvement and safety processes, data collection, and the verification process. The CSV program evaluates three levels of care, aligned to the standards and expected scope of practice at the pediatric hospital.

The latest version of the manual incorporates specialty hospital standards, a verification process overview, and the criteria quick reference guide, as well as the required Children’s Surgery Safety Report. As a part of the new standards, centers seeking verification at all levels will be required to develop detection and reporting processes for all adverse events that occur in children’s surgery and develop a process for improvement and prevention. Through compiling this data, centers will gain a better understanding of the overall quality of care in determining strengths, limitations, and costs of detection methods to be improved as the program evolves.

The revisions are based on the Nine Standards for Optimal Care that provide a uniform standard across all ACS quality programs while allowing variation within the individual accreditation and verification programs.

A session on the new standards will be presented 9:45–11:00 am tomorrow, July 14, at the ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL. Register today and plan to attend this informative session.