ACS NSQIP recognizes 90 hospitals for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized 90 of an eligible 607 hospitals participating in the adult program for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2020. ACS NSQIP-participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures. These outcomes are then analyzed by the ACS and reported back to hospitals. These results will inform patient safety initiatives within the hospital and impact the quality of surgical care.

The ACS NSQIP recognition program commends a select group of hospitals for achieving a meritorious composite score in either an “All Cases” category or a category which includes only “High-Risk ” cases. Each composite score was determined through a different weighted formula combining eight outcomes. Outcomes in the eight clinical areas were evaluated, as follows:

  • Mortality
  • Cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction\
  • Pneumonia
  • Unplanned intubation
  • Ventilator care exceeding 48 hours
  • Kidney failure
  • Surgical site infection (SSI):
    • Superficial incisional SSI
    • Deep incisional SSI
    • Organ/space SSI
  • Urinary tract infection

To be eligible for either list, the hospital must have submitted at least one case in each of the calendar years of 2018, 2019, and 2020, though only performance in calendar year 2020 was evaluated for the 2020 meritorious lists. Of the 706 NSQIP hospitals participating in 2020, 607 met the three-year criteria to be eligible for Meritorious consideration.

The 90 hospitals achieved the distinction based on an outstanding composite quality score. Risk-adjusted data from the July 2021 ACS NSQIP Semiannual Report, which presents data from the 2020 calendar year, were used to determine whether hospitals demonstrated meritorious outcomes. Seventy-one hospitals were recognized on the “All Cases” list and 71 hospitals were recognized on the “High-Risk ” list; the 71 hospitals represent approximately 10 percent of the 706 calendar-year 2020 ACS NSQIP hospitals. Fifty-two hospitals are recognized on both the “All Cases” and “High-Risk ” lists, 19 other hospitals are on just the “All Cases” list, and 19 other hospitals are on the “High-Risk ” list only—yielding 90 hospitals in total.

These meritorious hospitals also are eligible to display these achievements among their staff and within their institutions.

A listing of the recognized hospitals is available online.

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