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Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Become a Member
Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Membership Benefits
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Quality Programs

Resources

Site Visit Preparation

ACS Quality Tools

Publications

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Evidence Review for the American College of Surgeons Quality Verification Part I: Building Quality and Safety Resources and Infrastructure

The study gathered and analyzed evidence associated with the first four principles that address institutional and administrative factors necessary for high quality surgical care: a top-down commitment to quality, mid-level leadership, and committee structure, including the scope and governance of a quality program and infrastructure.

Hu QL, Fischer CP, Wescott AB, Maggard-Gibbons M, Hoyt DB, Ko CY. Evidence Review for the American College of Surgeons Quality Verification Part I: Building Quality and Safety Resources and Infrastructure. J Am Coll Surg. 2020;231(5):557-569.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2020.08.758

Evidence Review for the American College of Surgeons Quality Verification Part II: Processes for Reliable Quality Improvement

The study group gathered and analyzed evidence associated with five principles that address processes for identification and resolution of quality improvement issues: case review, peer review, credentialing and privileging, data for surveillance, and continuous quality improvement using data.

Fischer CP, Hu QL, Wescott AB, Maggard-Gibbons M, Hoyt DB, Ko CY. Evidence Review for the American College of Surgeons Quality Verification Part II: Processes for Reliable Quality Improvement [published online ahead of print, 2021 Apr 30]. J Am Coll Surg. 2021;S1072-7515(21)00244-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2021.03.028

Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons

Lessons learned about the ACS Quality Verification Program and pilot hospitals’ pandemic response October 2021

Looking forward - June 2021 June 2021

Two new ACS verification programs cast a wider net to ensure quality for all surgical patients January 2021

The role of the site reviewer: Ensuring patient-centered standards for optimal patient outcomes July 2020

New ACS-led verification program aims to improve care for rural surgical patients | The Bulletin (facs.org) April 2020

Quality as a program, not a measure: An opportunity for health insurers to value quality as a comprehensive program October 2020

Beginning your quality improvement journey July 2018

Using data analytics to improve patient care March 2018

Creating a culture of high reliability January 2018

Collaboration and guidelines can lead to better outcomes April 2018

The SQO and review processes: Keys to staying on track November 2017

The SQSC and credentialing and privileging processes ensure sustainability of standards December 2017

Collaboration and guidelines can lead to better outcomes April 2018

Individual disciplines working together in an increasingly regulated environment February 2018

The ACS Quality and Safety Program: Louisville hospitals participate in first site visits April 2019

Media Coverage

Podcasts and Interviews

Periop SIG 2019 | Improving the quality of the patient surgical journey
TopMedTalk Podcast spoke with Dr. Clifford Y. Ko about the ACS Quality programs and the new ACS Quality Verification Program for hospitals.

News and Press Releases

ACS introduces NSQIP QVP at Clinical Congress

New Quality Verification Program for hospitals will benefit participants in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program