SCOAP is the future of surgical quality improvement. It is a physician-led, voluntary collaborative creating an aviation-like surveillance and response system for surgical quality. SCOAP’s goal is to improve quality by reducing variation in process of care and outcomes at every hospital in the region. Now at more than 40 hospitals in Washington State, SCOAP is an engaged community of clinicians working to build a safer, higher quality, and more cost effective surgical healthcare system.

The SCOAP community:

  • Defines the quality measures that are most relevant for surgical patients
  • Generates surveillance data to show hospitals and clinicians how well care is being delivered
  • Creates collaboratives so that all patients can benefit from the success of partner hospitals
  • Deploys checklists and standardized order sets to create active change in the clinical community
  • Works to make surgical care more cost effective and efficient within hospitals
  • Tracks improvements over time and shows value to all healthcare stakeholders

SCOAP is a program of the Foundation for Health Care Quality.


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