American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Quality Programs


Improving the quality of surgical care leads to greater access for patients, fewer complications, and better outcomes, thus lowering the cost of care. For nearly a century the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has implemented leading quality improvement programs.

ACS programs have improved quality in trauma, cancer, and breast care; bariatric surgery; and overall surgical care.

The underpinning of our quality improvement programs is based on four key principles:

  1. Set the standards.
  2. Build the right infrastructure.
  3. Use the right data.
  4. Verify with outside experts.

Learn more about the role ACS leadership has played in quality, particularly our four principles of quality improvement, and how our quality programs can help you improve the quality of surgical care for your patients. 

The Path to Quality Improvement

The ACS Quality Improvement Course: The Basics is designed to ensure the surgical workforce and other quality improvement staff are well-educated on the basic principles of surgical quality and safety. This self-paced, online course offers six modules and is intended for anyone working in a health care setting who is still learning the foundations of quality improvement.

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Verifying Quality Across Specialties

The ACS Quality Verification Program provides a proven, standardized method for establishing, measuring, and improving your hospital’s quality infrastructure across all surgical departments. Learn how your hospital can become ACS QVP verified.

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Setting the Quality Standard

100 years of quality at the American College of Surgeons

We set the quality bar, then raised it higher. For 100 years, the American College of Surgeons has led the charge to improve care for surgical patients. And we're not done yet.

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