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Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP)

What is SCIP?

The SCIP program is sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in collaboration with a number of other national partners, including the American Hospital Association (AHA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), The Joint Commission (TJC) and others. SCIP is an extension of a previous CMS initiative called the Surgical Infection Prevention Project (SIPP).

  1. Tools and resources:
    • Information on SCIP has moved and the list of measures is now located within the Inpatient Hospital Quality Measures. The CMS QualityNet website has moved its educational materials to several Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) and directs viewers to useful sites such as the SCIP list serve.
    • SCIP specifications or measure information forms contain information relevant to each measure, such as the definition, rationale, included and excluded populations, and data elements. The references used to support the measure and the algorithm used to determine the numerator and denominator for each measure are included.
    • Many of the measures are components of measures being collected by other initiatives, including the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA), TJC core measures, and CMS's 9th Scope of Work, American College of Surgeons initiative (ASC/NSQIP), and Premier's own data tools.

  2. Educate your patients about SCIP:
  3. Access antimicrobial prophylaxis for surgery and cardiac surgery resources:
    Antimicrobial prophylaxis for surgery: An Advisory Statement from the National Surgical Infection Prevention Project and Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Cardiac Surgery - Duration of prophylaxis.

What can consumers and patients do now?

Millions of people have surgery every year. Every surgery has risks, but there are some that can be prevented. If you doctors and nurses follow some simple steps you will have a shorter and safer hospital stay. Download "Tips for Safer Surgery" to learn more about what to ask members of your surgical team before surgery.

What is Premier offering to assist with improving surgical care in hospitals and data collection for SCIP?


Advisor Live audio conference

Premier hosts an Advisor Live audio conference series on safety, quality and performance improvements. Everyone is welcome and there is no fee to participate.

Visit Premier's Advisor Live web site for program schedule, registration for upcoming programs, and audiofiles and slides from previous programs on quality, safety and performance improvement at

For more information

For more information about SCIP, review the changes the QIOs listed here for tools and other information on SCIP. E-mail SCIPpartnership@okqio.sdps, or call 405.840.2891.

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