New program aims to improve quality of surgical care in Illinois

Dr. Bilimoria

The Illinois chapters of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) are collaborating on a program that offers selected hospitals in the state the opportunity to join the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC)—a program designed to improve the safety and quality of surgery in the state. BCBSIL is funding the collaborative, which will use data from the College’s National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) to analyze the surgical practices and outcomes of participating hospitals and identify specific improvements that will be effective in reducing surgical complications, the length of inpatient stays, readmission rates, and deaths.

Each hospital will receive customized performance reports noting areas of poor performance that will become the focal point of improvement efforts for that institution. The ISQIC Coordinating Center will offer quality improvement training and support, develop Illinois-specific performance results, and perform research around the initiative.

“The goal of the collaborative is to use detailed surgical performance data to identify opportunities for improvement and have hospitals work together through sharing their experiences and practices in order to develop effective and self-sustaining improvements that truly benefit patient care,” said Karl Y. Bilimoria, MD, MS, FACS, a surgical oncologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, and director of ISQIC.

For more information, visit the ISQIC website and view the joint press release announcing the partnership.

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