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Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness in Surgery
The Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness in Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital is a leader in developing and implementing quality metrics at the national level, helping improve quality of care and outcomes for patients and informing national health care policy development.
The Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness in Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital takes an active leadership role in developing and vetting quality metrics at the national level to improve quality of care and outcomes for patients. Members of the center’s staff chair the boards of national societies and work with all levels of leadership to define important metrics and registries for data collection.
Patient groups and medical specialty societies, such as the Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the American College of Surgeons, have pursued registries as a clinical improvement strategy because of the benefit available to patients. With an increasing national focus on quality and cost, the opportunity to leverage clinical registries to improve outcomes and appropriate utilization has never been greater. When offered, clinicians seize the chance to improve patient care by sharing and learning from clinical data. Payers, when given access to information about clinical performance, use it to make better decisions.
The Codman Center participates in national surgical quality databases and clinical registries.View registries
The Codman Center has developed formal structures within the Department of Surgery at Mass General to facilitate participation in registries by:
In addition to collecting and providing data to national registries, the Codman Center reviews outcomes reported by Mass General’s Department of Surgery to assess the performance of various procedures. The data also informs several ongoing research projects focused on:
The Mass General Department of Surgery and Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness have been recognized for meritorious outcomes in surgical patient care from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP). Hospitals achieve this distinction based on composite quality score in the outcomes in mortality and complications such as cardiac, respiratory, unplanned intubation, ventilator greater than 48 hours, renal failure, surgical site infections and urinary tract infections for all surgery cases during the period of January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.
This recognition reflects the outstanding performance of the hospital’s surgical teams in providing patient care at many levels. This distinction goes to only approximately 10 percent of the 680 participating hospitals entering data into NSQIP in 2016 and represents the first time that Mass General has reached this status.
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