Surgeons say quality measurement should consider cancer surgical procedure indication when rating hospital outcomes
SAN DIEGO (July 18, 2013): New research findings released earlier this week at the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) National Conference in San Diego, Calif., show that hospital quality measurement specific to cancer versus noncancer care provides a more accurate assessment of a hospital’s overall quality performance. [Read More]
New study finds ACS NSQIP hospitals have consistently better surgical outcomes than non-ACS NSQIP hospitals
SAN DIEGO (July 15, 2013) — A new study evaluating surgical outcomes at California hospitals enrolled in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) found surgical patients at ACS NSQIP hospitals had significantly reduced mortality rates compared with non-ACS NSQIP hospitals. These findings were presented Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the ACS NSQIP National Conference, taking place July 13-16 in San Diego, Calif. [Read More]
NSQIP database analysis shows that 30 percent of hospital readmissions could be prevented, according to new Journal of American College of Surgeons study
Chicago (June 18, 2013): With Medicare penalties on hospitals with higher-than-expected rates of 30-day readmissions expected to rise in 2014, more hospitals are evaluating the most accurate methods for tracking readmissions of patients. A new study appearing in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons finds that the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® (ACS NSQIP®) led to more accurate data tracking than another popular database, the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), for tracking 30-day hospital readmissions among colorectal surgical patients. [Read More]
When Brian J. Daley, MD, FACS, chief of trauma at University of Tennessee Medical Center, talks about success in improving surgical outcomes, he inserts a joke early in the conversation.
“You know, if you ask a surgeon to name the three best surgeons they know, they have a problem coming up with two other names,” he quips. Often, he says, “surgeons think everyone else is having a complication, but not them.” [Read More]
Connecticut hospitals traditionally considered competitors have been quietly teaming up to share techniques to reduce surgical infections and complications.
The idea is to improve patient care and efficiency in a landscape of skyrocketing health care costs and pressure from the federal Affordable Care Act to improve performance. [Read More]
Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative announces addition of six hospitals, increasing information-sharing footprint across state
Chicago (April 26, 2013): The American College of Surgeons (ACS) today hosted the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Connecticut, in partnership with the ACS Connecticut Chapter and the Connecticut State Medical Society. The forum was the 13th in a series of events that bring together surgeons, hospitals, health plans, physicians, government, and other health care leaders to share best practices for improving patient care, achieving better outcomes and curbing rising health care costs. [Read More]
New research from the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, published in the Journal of Surgical Research, may help clinicians determine which patients are at highest risk for post-surgical blood clots in the legs or lungs.
The researchers combed through the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement (ACS-NSQIP) database to identify 471,000 patients who underwent abdominal or thoracic surgeries between 2005 and 2010. Their goal was to identify VTE events within 30 days of surgery, both in the hospital and after discharge (VTEDC). VTE includes deep vein thrombosis (clots in the legs) or pulmonary embolism (clots in the lungs). [Read More]
Journal of American College of Surgeons study shows ACS NSQIP data is a highly viable—and possibly the only—source for data on potentially preventable postoperative hospital readmissions
Chicago (March 14, 2013): As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to cut reimbursement to hospitals with high rates of patient readmissions, hospitals are looking for more accurate ways to track information on patients who end up being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. Now, a new study has found that data collected through the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) may offer significant advantages in providing accurate readmission data compared with medical records data and even a surgical patient’s actual chart. The study appears in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. [Read More]
Journal of American College of Surgeons study identifies 12 important warning signs put forth by a panel of surgical experts to prompt this patient group to call their surgeons or go to the emergency room
Chicago (February 7, 2013): Colorectal surgical patients are often discharged from the hospital with vague guidance on how to recognize complications, but researchers at the Michael DeBakey Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, aim to change that scenario. A health services research team convened a panel of surgical experts to develop a list of postoperative complication signs that should prompt colorectal surgical patients to call their surgeons or go to an emergency room. The study on the development of this early patient-centered warning system appears in the February 2013 issue of Journal of the American College of Surgeons. [Read More]
ACS Announces Three-Year Extension of Statewide Hospital Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative in Partnership with Florida Hospital Association and Florida Blue
CHICAGO (January 23, 2013) – The American College of Surgeons (ACS) today hosted the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Florida, the 12th program in a series of events that bring together hospitals, health plans, physicians, government and other health care leaders to share best practices for improving patient care and achieving better outcomes. [Read More]