Northwestern Medicine Leads Collaborative to Improve Surgical Quality in Illinois

Chicago-based Northwestern Medicine, the American College of Surgeons and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois have partnered to create an Illinois-wide collaborative to improve the quality of surgical care, the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative.

The three-year partnership is funded by BCBSIL and will facilitate analysis of surgical practices and outcomes throughout the state, powered by the ACS's National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

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Participating hospitals will receive performance reports, and Northwestern Medicine's Surgical Outcomes andQuality Improvement Center will offer quality improvement training, according to a news release.

The ISQIC hopes to capitalize on teamwork to improve outcomes and reduce costs, according to the news release.

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