Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP)

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Surgery is front and center in new Medicare value-based purchasing

This year, the quality movement takes a big step with the start of Medicare’s value-based purchasing (VBP) program. Beginning October 1, 2012, part of your hospital’s Medicare payments will be based on your hospital’s performance on a set of quality measures, usually referred to as the core measures and HCAHPS…

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By: OR Manager
January 31, 2012
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Is urinary catheter really necessary?

Indwelling urinary catheters are routinely inserted in surgical patients to reduce postoperative bladder dysfunction that can result from anesthesia, analgesia, and immobility. But the benefits are offset by the risk of a urinary tract infection (UTI) if the catheters are left in place for too long. Do you know how…

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By: OR Manager
February 1, 2010
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Pendulum swings on glucose control

Tight glucose control for critically ill patients gained credence several years ago after a landmark study showed tight control for ICU patients reduced the incidence of infections and mortality. Now the pendulum is swinging back, as newer reports show managing blood glucose levels too tightly places patients at risk for…

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By: OR Manager
December 1, 2009
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Hospitals to report on normothermia

ORs are ramping up efforts to keep surgical patients warm. Medicare has adopted an expanded measure on perioperative temperature management as part of the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP). The new measure, SCIP Infection 10, calls for active warming or nor-mothermia for all surgical patients under general or neuraxial anesthesia…

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By: OR Manager
September 1, 2009
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SCIP: Getting everyone on board

OR Manager asked Dale Bratzler, DO, MPH, who coordinates the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) to respond to readers'questions about the project and getting all practitioners on board Q Who develops the SCIP measures? Are practicing physicians involved? Dr Bratzler: SCIP performance measures are developed by Technical Expert Panels, which…

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By: OR Manager
July 1, 2009
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New SCIP measures being introduced

One more SCIP measure is added for reporting for fiscal year 2010. Two more are proposed for fiscal 2011 as part of the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP). Beginning Oct 1, 2009, the start of FY 2010, one more measure will affect hospitals' Medicare payment update: Surgical patients on a…

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By: OR Manager
July 1, 2009
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Surgical Care Improvement Project: Four years later, what's the status?

Four years ago, the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) was launched, with the ambitious aim of reducing 3 types of preventable complications by 25% by 2010: surgical site infections perioperative heart attack deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. SCIP is a national quality partnership led by 10 organizations and agencies…

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By: Pat Patterson
July 1, 2009
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Protecting postop patients from VAP

Postoperative patients are among the groups at highest risk for developing ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in ICU patients. The Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP), a national quality partnership, is targeting VAP as one of 4 types of major surgical complications to prevent.…

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By: OR Manager
July 1, 2007
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