American College of Surgeons Geriatric Surgery Verification and Quality Improvement Program


American College of Surgeons

Project Title

Geriatric Surgery Verification and Quality Improvement Program

Grant Amount


Grant Period

48 months

Approval Date

June 2015


The American College of Surgeons (ACS), in partnership with the John A. Hartford Foundation, will conduct a four-year initiative leading to improved care of older surgical patients through a standards and verification program for hospitals. The Geriatric Surgery Verification & Quality Improvement Program will produce a framework for improved geriatric surgical care, generalizable to all hospitals regardless of size, location, or population served. The project will convene experts and engage a broad set of interprofessional, consumer, and industry stakeholders to: set evidence-based standards for hospitals for the needed infrastructure to provide optimal care; select and develop measures that truly matter for older patients that can be used to assess hospitals and guide improvements; develop patient and provider educational resources; and build a self-sustaining peer-review verification program, similar to ACS’s successful trauma and bariatric surgery verification programs that have been shown to improve care and save lives. This work builds on the ACS’s robust data collection and quality improvement infrastructure and the network of experts and growing evidence base in geriatric surgery developed with John A. Hartford Foundation support over the past twenty years.

Primary Contact

Clifford Y. Ko



Program Officer

Marcus Escobedo

Priority Area

Age-Friendly Health Systems

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