SCOAP Annual Retreat, Year in Review

Dave Flum, SCOAP Medical Director, gave the group an overview of SCOAP progress over the past year.

2008-2009 has been a very active and productive year for SCOAP: 

  • SCOAP is now at 51 hospitals, an addition of 21 hospitals since the 2008 Annual Retreat, and currently covers approximately 85% of surgical care delivered in the State of Washington!  (
  • The SOCAP Surgical Checklist initiative launched in January 2009, which aims to get a surgical safety checklist in every operating room in the state by the end of 2009.  The SCOAP Surgical Checklist has been collaboratively developed by a coalition of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and health care organizations from around the state.  The SCOAP Surgical Checklist Initiative is supported by a grant from Aetna.  Plans for the coming year include creating an ambulatory surgery version of the checklist.  (
  • 10 SCOAP hospitals began publicly reporting on 12 SCOAP metrics.  These public disclosures are reported on the SCOAP and Puget Sound Health Alliance websites.   (
  • SCOAP began offering a way for surgeons to satisfy their Maintenance of Certification Part 4 requirements. (
  • SCOAP has begun to look at efficiency/standardization metrics, in order to prove the cost-effectiveness of SCOAP participation and is currently working with three hospitals to prove the business case for SCOAP.
  • Workgroups have begun to form around developing additional SCOAP modules in vascular, pediatric, colorectal, and higher/lower risk surgery and will be launching throughout the next year.

These are just some of the activities of SCOAP throughout the past year, and we look forward to continuing progress!

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