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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

ACS Quality in Every Hospital

The ACS has set the standard for high quality surgical care for over 100 years. With 13 Quality Programs, our goal is for ACS Quality to be the standard for determining quality across our country’s healthcare systems.

ACS Quality in Every Hospital

Distinguish Your Hospital as a Surgical Quality Leader

The ACS is the definitive measure of quality that patients look for as they seek care. Let patients know that your hospital is an ACS quality partner by displaying our signature diamond plaques.


Dr. Zara Cooper
Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital

“I think it’s important to participate in the ACS quality programs because they really are at the pinnacle of quality in surgery. It gives you an opportunity to get better. It holds you accountable to your patients. You’re really reaching the highest quality care, the most cutting-edge, the most evidenced based. You’re really the best quality of surgeon that you can be.”

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, FACS


Dr. J. Stephen Jones
President and CEO, Inova

“Let’s face it: There’s room for all of us to improve. The surgeon, or the nurse, or the anesthesiologist—anyone on that surgical team has a role in delivering higher quality care. And people feel good about that.”

J. Stephen Jones, MD, MBA, FACS

Contact Us for More Information

Whether you're new to ACS quality programs or looking to maximize your participation, we can help you promote this esteemed status in your community and expand your involvement with the ACS. Find out how ACS Quality Programs can help your institution improve patient outcomes, increase efficiency, and reduce costs.

ACS Quality Programs Inspire Confidence Among Patients


Dr. Michael Chang
System Chief Medical Officer & Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, USA Health

“We all come to work every day and go home every day wanting what’s best for the patients. And what’s best for the patients is high-quality care. And when you’re in an organization that is thinking about safety and quality, the patients know it.”

Michael Chang, MD, FACS

From her first encounter with her care team at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia, Nicole Watson could see Inova’s commitment to quality coming through in every aspect of her treatment.


Dr. Matthew Schiralli
Chairman Department of Surgery Eastern Region, Director of Surgical Quality/NSQIP Program, Rochester Regional Health

"We identify the unique factors for that patient that we need to focus on in addition to their traditional surgical care."

Matthew P. Schiralli, MD, FACS

The care teams at Rochester Regional Health listened to Stella and Glen’s care goals and delivered a surgical care experience optimized to achieve them and minimize complications.

ACS Quality Programs at a Glance


Quality Verification Program (QVP) 

The QVP provides a proven, standardized method for establishing, measuring, and improving hospital-wide quality infrastructure by using the framework of the 12 ACS QVP quality standards.


National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) 

ACS NSQIP® collects data that provides fair, in-depth, and insightful analysis, helping surgeons and hospitals better understand their quality of care compared to similar hospitals with similar patients.


NSQIP Pediatric 

NSQIP Pediatric data allows hospitals to track their performance and make changes to improve the surgical care they provide to children to reduce complications, provide efficient and equitable care, and shorten hospital stays.


Commission on Cancer Accreditation (CoC)

The CoC is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for patients with cancer by setting standards that promote cancer prevention, research, education, and monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.


National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) 

Programs accredited by the NAPBC follow a model for organizing and managing a breast center to put patients and their comprehensive care needs first, from diagnosis through survivorship.


National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC)

The NAPRC promotes a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to improving rectal cancer care, based on international models that lead to better outcomes for patients, including lower recurrence rates and higher overall survival.


Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)

The MBSAQIP accredits inpatient and outpatient bariatric surgery centers that have undergone an independent, voluntary, and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards.


Trauma Verification, Review, and Consultation (VRC)

The Trauma Verification program sets standards for optimal care of injured patients in trauma centers. These standards are frequently used by many states to designate trauma centers in their regions.


Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP)

ACS TQIP elevates the quality of care for trauma patients using risk-adjusted benchmarking to provide hospitals with accurate national comparisons.


Children’s Surgery Verification (CSV)

The CSV program is based upon recognized standards meant to achieve high quality patient outcomes and ensure that pediatric patients have access to a system that allows for a prospective match of every child’s individual surgical needs.


Geriatric Surgery Verification (GSV)  

The GSV program is focused on improving surgical care for older adults. This care is critical, as older adults are the fastest growing age group and attention to their unique needs and vulnerabilities will continue to be of utmost importance.


Emergency General Surgery Verification Program (EGS-VP)  

The EGS program aligns resources and clinical standards specific to surgical operations that need to be undertaken on an emergent basis such as appendicitis or intestinal blockages.


Vascular Verification

The Vascular Verification Program focuses on the care and treatment of patients receiving vascular surgical and interventional care including preventing and treating brain strokes, leg pain, and aneurysms in the abdomen.