Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MSHA, FACS, Director of the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care and the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) met Aug. 2 with congressional staff who handle health policy issues. He provided an overview of ACS NSQIP and described its potential utility in reducing health care costs.
To view the ACS NSQIP site, click here. Named "Best in Nation" by the Institute of Medicine for measuring and reporting surgical quality and outcomes, ACS NSQIP is a nationally validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based approach to performance measurement and quality improvement. On average, ACS NSQIP has helped participating hospitals to prevent 250 to 500 complications and save 12 to 36 lives each year. ACS NSQIP estimates that if 4,500 hospitals across the nation used the program, the potential savings would be $13 billion to $26 billion annually.