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Is your practice administering the CAHPS survey?



The American College of Surgeons (ACS), in partnership with other surgical and anesthesia organizations and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Consortium, developed the Surgical Care survey.

The survey assesses surgical pati-
ents’ experiences before, during, and after surgical procedures as a 
means of identifying opportunities to improve quality of care, surgical outcomes, and patient experiences of 
care, as well as for public reporting.

The CAHPS Surgical Care survey is a standardized patient survey that produces clear and usable comparative information for consumers and health care providers.

The survey captures information for which patients are the best source of information or information only patients can answer.

The CAHPS Surgical Care Survey has been available to the public since 2010 and is the only National Quality Forum­–endorsed measure designed to assess surgical quality from the patient’s perspective.

ACS is currently collecting information on the survey use in order to maintain its National Quality Forum endorsement. If you have experience in administering the survey, please contact Jill Sage, ACS Quality Affairs Manager, at or 202-672-1507. Access the survey and survey instructions online at https://www.].

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