Study: 83% of National Surgical Quality Improvement Project Participants Decreased Complication Rates

Complication rates decreased for 83 percent of National Surgical Quality Improvement Project participants, according to a report in HealthLeaders.

Hospitals participating in the program allow their patients' medical records to be analyzed by a NSQIP-certified 'data abstractor,' which tracks certain outcomes for up to 30 days after surgery. The program tracks as many as 134 outcome variables, and twice a year provides hospitals with a report on each surgeon's performance.


The program has provided participating hospitals with relevant data to identify and correct weak points, improving quality while also reducing costs. Elizabeth Mort, MD, MPH, senior vice president for quality and safety at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said in the article: "We're all being asked to improve quality and safety while making healthcare more affordable. Reducing adverse events hits the sweet spot because you're improving patient safety and reducing cost as well."

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