The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized 83 of an eligible 568 hospitals participating in its adult program for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2017. A listing of the recognized hospitals is available on the ACS NSQIP Meritorious Hospitals web page.
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 (see sidebar).
The 83 hospitals achieved the distinction based on their outstanding composite quality score. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2018 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2017 calendar year, were used to determine which hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes. A total of 71 hospitals were recognized on the “All Cases” list, and 71 were recognized on the “High Risk” list; the 71 hospitals represent 10 percent of the 2017 ACS NSQIP-participating hospitals. Of these hospitals, 58 were recognized on both the “All Cases” and “High Risk” lists; 12 other hospitals were only on the “All Cases” list, and 13 other hospitals were on the “High Risk” list only—yielding 83 hospitals in total. These meritorious hospitals are eligible to report these awards among their staff within their institutions and for the general public.