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

About Level III

Since 2010, the Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) has worked to improve patient care at Level I and II trauma centers by providing risk-adjusted benchmarking, sharing best practices, and offering on-going education to participants. In July 2016, the ACS launched Level III TQIP to extend the reach of the program to more levels of care. Level III centers have the ability to track outcomes and improve patient care through the utilization of risk-adjusted data, participation in educational opportunities, and collaboration with other TQIP centers.

Start-Up Year

  • In an effort to improve data quality and ensure that reports are useful to centers from their first report cycle on, all Level III TQIP centers will participate in the Start-Up Year. During this Start-Up Year centers will:
    • Have the opportunity to identify and resolve data quality issues using TQIP tools before receiving the first Risk-adjusted Benchmark Report
    • Participate in on-going TQIP education
    • Begin quarterly data submissions
  • Education is a key component of the program, particularly during the Start-up Year. Educational opportunities available to Level III TQIP centers include:
    • TQIP Online Course, which covers updates to the NTDS Data Dictionary, understanding and using data quality information, and the roles of the TQIP team at your hospital
    • Monthly quizzes
    • Regular Level III TQIP webinars for registry staff
    • Level III specific sessions at the TQIP Annual Scientific Meeting and Training
    • Participation in TQIP Google Group

On-Going Participation

  • Following the Start-Up Year, Level III centers will be eligible to receive two risk-adjusted benchmarking reports per year.
  • Centers will continue to receive all of the TQIP educational opportunities described above.

Turning Information into Action

  • TQIP provides standardized data collection and risk-adjusted reports that compare hospitals to other Level III trauma centers
  • Identification and sharing of best practices
  • Tools that help programs review data quality and completeness and understand the impact that data issues may have on their results
  • An online tool that allows hospitals to drill down into their data
  • Participants benefit from site visits for external data validation and ongoing performance monitoring

Use the Right Data

  • Training for registry staff to increase data quality and consistency, resulting in meaningful benchmark reports
  • An online course available at the user’s convenience, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Monthly quizzes to educate registry staff on vital data elements
  • Conference calls and web conferences to share information and answer questions
  • External data validation to measure accuracy and address data quality

Learning from Other Trauma Centers

  • TQIP gives trauma centers the opportunity to learn from one another while developing best practices that help improve quality
  • Best Practice Guidelines presented at the TQIP Annual Meeting
  • Collaboration with other centers on a national, state, or regional basis

Make an Investment in the Future of Your Trauma Center

For more information about TQIP fees, please visit our TQIP Fees and Invoices webpage.

We all have the same goal—to improve care of the injured patient. Joining TQIP is an investment, not just an expense.