National Quality Forum endorses 2 American College of Surgeons NSQIP measures

February 07, 2012

CHICAGO (February 7, 2012) - Two outcomes-based measures from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) were recently endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF). The two measures, surgical site infection (SSI) and urinary tract infection (UTI), were developed by ACS in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as possible national outcomes measures that could be adopted by the governmental body as early as 2015.

"Increasingly, our national health system is looking for better ways to measure quality care. Better data creates more opportunities to improve the care hospitals provide patients. That's why it will be important to measure quality using clinical, risk-adjusted and nationally benchmarked outcomes-based measures," said Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, director of the ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care. "Endorsement of these measures brings us closer to implementing outcomes-based measures on a national level."

In recent months, ACS has worked with the CDC to harmonize SSI measures developed by each organization. The newly endorsed SSI measure is a joint measure of ACS and CDC with the intent that participation with the measure may be performed through either ACS NSQIP or the CDC National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) program.

With these endorsements, a total of five ACS NSQIP outcomes-based measures have now been endorsed by NQF. Previously endorsed measures include elderly surgery outcomes, colectomy outcomes and lower-extremity vascular bypass outcomes. All five measures were developed by ACS in partnership with CMS based on an ongoing evaluation of scientific evidence. A directory of these five quality measures can be viewed on the National Quality Forum website.

As part of its move toward using clinical outcomes data to drive quality improvement in health care, CMS also recently announced the ACS NSQIP Hospital Compare pilot using three of the measures NQF previously endorsed (elderly surgery outcomes, colectomy outcomes, and lower-extremity bypass outcomes). This pilot marks the first time hospitals across the country have the opportunity to report surgical outcomes to Hospital Compare, the CMS website that provides quality information to health care consumers. Data from the pilot will be publicly available on the CMS Hospital Compare website beginning in October 2012. The effort is part of a two-year CMS pilot program using the three measures.
About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 78,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) is the nation's first and only risk-adjusted, clinical, outcomes-based program to measure and improve the quality of surgical care across various specialties in the private sector. Participating hospitals use their collected data to develop quality initiatives that improve surgical care. In addition, ACS has collaborated with the American Pediatric Surgical Association to develop a pediatric version of ACS NSQIP--the first multispecialty outcomes-based program to measure the quality of children's surgical care. For more information, visit

Weber Shandwick Worldwide

Related Health Care Articles from Brightsurf:

Study evaluates new World Health Organization Labor Care Guide for maternity care providers
The World Health Organization developed the new Labor Care Guide to support clinicians in providing good quality, women-centered care during labor and childbirth.

Six ways primary care "medical homes" are lowering health care spending
New analysis of 394 U.S. primary care practices identifies the aspects of care delivery that are associated with lower health care spending and lower utilization of emergency care and hospital admissions.

Modifiable health risks linked to more than $730 billion in US health care costs
Modifiable health risks, such as obesity, high blood pressure, and smoking, were linked to over $730 billion in health care spending in the US in 2016, according to a study published in The Lancet Public Health.

Spending on primary care vs. other US health care expenditures
National health care survey data were used to assess the amount of money spent on primary care relative to other areas of health care spending in the US from 2002 to 2016.

MU Health Care neurologist publishes guidance related to COVID-19 and stroke care
A University of Missouri Health Care neurologist has published more than 40 new recommendations for evaluating and treating stroke patients based on international research examining the link between stroke and novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Large federal program aimed at providing better health care underfunds primary care
Despite a mandate to help patients make better-informed health care decisions, a ten-year research program established under the Affordable Care Act has funded a relatively small number of studies that examine primary care, the setting where the majority of patients in the US receive treatment.

International medical graduates care for Medicare patients with greater health care needs
A study by a Massachusetts General Hospital research team indicates that internal medicine physicians who are graduates of medical schools outside the US care for Medicare patients with more complex medical needs than those cared for by graduates of American medical schools.

The Lancet Global Health: Improved access to care not sufficient to improve health, as epidemic of poor quality care revealed
Of the 8.6 million deaths from conditions treatable by health care, poor-quality care is responsible for an estimated 5 million deaths per year -- more than deaths due to insufficient access to care (3.6 million) .

Under Affordable Care Act, Americans have had more preventive care for heart health
By reducing out-of-pocket costs for preventive treatment, the Affordable Care Act appears to have encouraged more people to have health screenings related to their cardiovascular health.

High-deductible health care plans curb both cost and usage, including preventive care
A team of researchers based at IUPUI has conducted the first systematic review of studies examining the relationship between high-deductible health care plans and the use of health care services.

Read More: Health Care News and Health Care Current Events is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to