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American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® (ACS NSQIP®)


SCR Training and TestingToday’s health care environment demands more than ever of surgeons and the hospitals they work in. Payors, including Medicare, increasingly refuse to pay for treating complications deemed preventable, such as surgical site infections. A growing movement aims to tie reimbursements to outcomes—and publicly report the results. At the same time, hospitals face staffing shortages and financial pressures, trying to do more with less. Discover what hundreds of hospitals across America already know. A surgical quality improvement program so effective that each year a hospital uses it, on average, it has the opportunity to:

  • Prevent 250–500 complications
  • Save 12–36 lives
  • Reduce costs by millions of dollars

Discover the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® (ACS NSQIP®). ACS NSQIP is the leading nationally validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care in the private sector. ACS NSQIP has the tools, training, customization options and, most importantly, data, to keep your hospital ahead of the curve.

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Making Quality Stick

Reducing SSI Rates Has Myriad Benefits

Learn more about how the Cleveland Clinic used ACS NSQIP to cut gynecology surgical site infection (SSI) rates in half from 2.85 percent in 2011 to 1.43 percent in 2012. ACS NSQIP reports were vital in identifying a problem that may not have otherwise been known if not for having access to clinical, 30-day, nationally benchmarked data.

Read more about how the Cleveland Clinic’s QI program helps reduce costs associated with avoidable complications in the latest edition of the NSQIP Quality Brief.

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Roger Schenke Award

Dr. Scott Ellner Receives Inaugural Roger Schenke Award

Scott J. Ellner, DO, MPH, FACS, president of the Saint Francis Medical Group, vice chairman of the department of surgery, and director of surgical quality at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CT, is the inaugural recipient of the Roger Schenke Award. Dr. Ellner was instrumental in founding the Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative (CtSQC), a statewide group of 22 hospitals that meets regularly to share quality outcomes, including successes and best practices for the benefit of all patients in the state. Many of the CtSQC hospitals use ACS NSQIP to improve outcomes in key areas of surgical care and provide the best value—health outcomes achieved per dollar spent—to patients, hospitals, and health plans.

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2015 Keynote Speaker

Marcus Engel is our keynote speaker for the 2015 ACS NSQIP® National Conference. Marcus is a professional speaker and best-selling author whose messages provide insight and strategies for excellent patient care. His keynote presentation, “The Other End of the Stethoscope,” has been used to teach the basic foundations of caregiving to health care professionals.

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Risk Calculator

Risk Calculator

Today, ACS NSQIP data powers a preoperative risk calculator tool that allows clinicians to input an individual patient’s risk factors, such as age, sex and BMI, into a statistical model that calculates the likelihood of various outcomes.