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Surgical Care Improvement Project

October 16, 2014

The Surgical Infection Prevention (SIP) measures were added as a core measure set in the fall of 2003.  Hospitals began collecting core measure data for SIP with patient discharges beginning July 1, 2004.  The SIP set subsequently transitioned to the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) measures effective July 1, 2006.

The Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) is a national quality partnership of organizations interested in improving surgical care by significantly reducing surgical complications.  SCIP Partners include the Steering Committee of 10 national organizations who have pledged their commitment and full support for SCIP.

In addition, the SCIP target areas are advised by a technical expert panel (TEP). This group meets on a quarterly basis and provides technical expertise and resources to ensure the SCIP measures are fully supported by evidence-based research.   

Finally, The Joint Commission continues to align with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with respect to the performance measures for patients undergoing surgery. 

The SCIP measures can be found in the Specification Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures. Submit your questions about SCIP measure specifications to the Performance Measurement Network Q&A Forum.

Effective January 1, 2015

The Joint Commission will  retire the following measures:  SCIP INF-2, SCIP INF-3, SCIP INF-6, SCIP CARD-2, SCIP VTE-2.  The Joint Commission will be providing accredited hospitals greater flexibility in meeting ORYX® performance measure reporting requirements beginning with measure set selections for calendar year 2015.  To learn more see Facts about ORYX® for Hospitals