American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery

The American College of Surgeons (ACS), in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Baltimore, MD, has launched the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR). This new surgical quality improvement program is funded and guided by AHRQ.

The AHRQ Safety Program for ISCR will support hospitals in implementing perioperative evidence-based pathways to meaningfully improve clinical outcomes, reduce hospital length-of-stay, and improve the patient experience. This program aims to enroll at least 750 hospitals throughout the five-year contract. Hospitals within the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia are eligible to participate across the following service lines:

  • Colorectal
  • Orthopaedic
  • Gynecology
  • Emergency General Surgery

Participating hospitals will have access to U.S. leaders in enhanced recovery, including representatives of surgery, anesthesiology, and nursing; prototype enhanced recovery pathways developed for five procedures based on up-to-date evidence review; literature to support pathways; tools and educational materials to facilitate implementation; quality improvement support from a nurse consultant; and coaching calls to support hospital work.

Interested hospitals are encouraged to begin enrollment now in order to participate in the 18-month program that starts September 1, 2020. We are enrolling hospitals interested in implementing an emergency general surgery or colorectal enhanced recovery surgery program.

Participation is free to all US hospitals. If you are interested in joining or learning more about one of our surgery programs, register for an upcoming informational webinar below.

Contact for additional information or begin the enrollment process