Drive powerful surgical quality improvement – Part 2

The mid-2000s saw a strong move toward quality in surgical procedures, with the emergence of the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP), various initiatives to reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) and the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Yet, the passing years have revealed the need to get actionable data around surgery care and outcomes for improvement efforts to succeed. Actionable data is critical to drive optimal quality and financial performance. Also needed is to provide surgeons with a system in place that fosters improvement. In this episode, we continue our discussion on these and other ways to improve surgical quality.


Guest speaker:
Rick May, MD
Senior Principal
Clinical Quality Improvement
Orthopedic Surgeon


Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM
Clinical Operations and Quality


Show Notes:

[00:28] Surgery and the hospital’s financial success

[01:14] Payers and surgical costs

[02:07] Surgical quality and national scorecards

[02:45] Surgery impacts many metrics

[03:23] Surgeon compensation for quality

[04:20] Need to have system in place that fosters surgical quality

[04:56] The rise of ambulatory surgery and the effect on quality

[06:33] The ROI for improving surgical care

[08:00] The future of surgical improvement

[09:05] Start now. Don’t wait.


Links | Resources:

To contact Modern Practice:

Dr. May’s contact email:

ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP)
Click Here

Developing a Surgical Quality Improvement Program for Resource-Limited Settings (JAMA Surgery) Click Here

Vizient Operations and Quality
Click Here


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