ISQIC Overview

The Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC) is a collaborative partnership of Illinois hospitals, the Illinois and Metropolitan Chicago Chapters of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP), the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC) at Northwestern University, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Since its initiation in 2014, up to 59 Illinois hospitals have joined ISQIC making it one of the largest collaboratives in ACS NSQIP.

The mission of ISQIC is to continue to work together with the goal of improving the quality of surgical care in Illinois by offering 21 novel components organized into five domains: guided implementation (e.g., mentors and coaches), education (e.g., formal curriculum), hospital- and surgeon-level comparative feedback (e.g., processes, outcomes, costs), annual local and statewide QI projects, and funding (e.g., overall program, pilot grants, bonuses).

ISQIC hospitals report detailed data to ACS NSQIP on demographics, comorbidities, clinical lab values, and detailed postoperative outcomes for patients undergoing surgery. In addition, ISQIC hospitals report and receive comparative feedback on key process measures with the ability to view and compare empirical data about hospital performance and participate in the ISQIC initiatives. Hospitals will be equipped to use their data to successfully implement quality improvement (QI) initiatives and improve care. Current quality improvement initiatives underway include the following topics, Appropriateness of Blood Transfusions, Composite VTE Prophylaxis, Perioperative Glycemic Control, Ordering Post-Discharge VTE Chemoprophylaxis, Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Reduction, Reducing Opioid Prescribing after Surgery, Quality of Colonoscopies, and Improving Surgical Care and Recovery.