The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized 66 of 680 hospitals that participate in the adult program for achieving meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care in 2016. The hospitals were recognized at the ACS Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego, CA. The full list of recognized hospitals is available at on the ACS website.
ACS NSQIP participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and then analyze their results in an effort to direct patient safety initiatives within the hospital and improve the quality of surgical care.
The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a meritorious composite score determined through a weighted formula combining eight outcomes. The outcome performances related to patient management were in eight clinical areas (see sidebar).
The 66 commended hospitals achieved the distinction based on their outstanding composite quality score. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2017 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2016 calendar year, were used to determine the hospitals that demonstrated meritorious outcomes. The 66 hospitals represented approximately 10 percent of the hospitals evaluated in the Semiannual Report. These meritorious hospitals also are eligible to publicly display these achievements internally at their institutions.