Tag Archive for ‘quality improvement’

Dr. Ko

ACS NSQIP National Conference inspires participants to innovate to make a difference

More than 1,500 individuals who work in hospital quality improvement programs participated in the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program 2016 Annual Conference, July 16–19, in San Diego, CA.

Surgery in Maryland: Guidelines for navigating health care reform

This column describes Maryland’s health care reform efforts, including the implementation of an all-payor rate system and state-wide budgets overseen by a central state commission, which may serve as a model for other states seeking to lower costs and improve quality.

ACS NSQIP Conference in San Diego to focus on innovation

The theme of the 2016 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Conference—Innovate to Make a Difference—is described in this news brief along with a preview of conference sessions.

Dr. Hoyt

Looking forward – May 2016

Collaborative quality improvement program, as exemplified by the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Collaborative Quality Initiatives program, and the Michigan Value Collaborative are the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month.

Hand hygiene TST helps hospitals reduce HAI rates

This month’s column describes how the Memorial Hermann Health System used The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Targeted Solutions Tool to improve compliance with hand hygiene guidelines.

Improvements continue in surgical care accountability measures

An overview of the Top Performer on Key Quality Measures program and the accountability measures data that determine Top Performer designation are provided in this month’s column.

Dr. Hoyt

Looking forward – January 2016

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt reflects on his six years as ACS Executive Director, including the College’s key accomplishments in that timeframe and future goals of the organization.

January 17 deadline for 2016 ACS NSQIP National Conference abstracts

The deadline for submitting abstracts for presentation at the 2016 ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) National Conference is January 17.

Scene from a preconference workshop.

ACS NSQIP conference: 10 years of putting the patient first

The 10th annual ACS NSQIP National Conference in July 2015 focused on patient-centered care and the reliability and accuracy of the program’s data as drivers of surgical quality improvement in hospitals.

Study cites ACS NSQIP as exemplary clinical data registry

According to results from a study published recently in the Journal for Healthcare Quality, the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement is one of few exemplary clinical data registries currently in use.

Register now for ACS NSQIP Conference, July 25–28, in Chicago

Online registration is now available for the 2015 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Conference, July 25−28, at the Chicago Hilton, IL.

Big data and GME: Expanding the scope of patient safety and QI training

This month’s column explores big data as it relates to enhancing graduate medical education, specifically how studying this information increases residents’ sense of ownership over the development of quality improvement initiatives.

Sacramento Quality Forum

Health care leaders participate in ACS Quality Forum in Sacramento, CA

A panel of regional health care experts discussed the state of health care in Northern California and discussed examples of state and national quality improvement initiatives that have resulted in higher standards, reduced costs, and better outcomes.

Hospitals continue to improve on surgical care accountability measures

The Top Performer on Key Quality Measures program is summarized in this month’s column.

Surgeons should play leading role in Safety Leadership Rounds

This month’s column underscores the importance of Safety Leadership Rounds or WalkRounds to enhance patient safety and develop open lines of communication.

2014 National Conference: ACS NSQIP celebrates 10th anniversary of improving patient outcomes

More than 1,200 individuals who work in hospital quality improvement programs participated in the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program 2014 National Conference, July 26–29 at the Midtown Hilton, New York, NY.

What does the ACA mean for residents and their future practice?

Major provisions in the Affordable Care Act are described, including insurance exchanges, employer-based coverage, and quality improvement efforts with an emphasis on what they mean for residents and their future as health care providers.

Distinguishing QI projects from human subjects research: Ethical and practical considerations

This article helps surgical investigators make the distinction between quality improvement initiatives and human subjects research projects. The authors also provide insights into initial project design and offer guidelines for addressing ethical concerns related to health care research.

Drs. Deane, Pellegrini, Eastman, Hoyt, and Turner

Building a global perspective at International Surgical Leaders forum

The ACS recently hosted an International Surgical Leaders forum at the ACS Washington Office to discuss possible ways to improve surgical care throughout the world and to share novel ideas, approaches, and resources on best practices in global surgery.

Looking forward – November 2013

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt provides an update on the ACS’ strategic plan to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving health care environment. The goal of this plan—which is centered on four pillars: quality, education, advocacy, and member services—is to help surgeons cope with and influence many of these changes.


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