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 50 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.

SCOAP, the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program, is:

  • A voluntary program for hospitals to discover widespread opportunities for quality improvement and cost savings for common surgical procedures performed across the state.
  • A model of collaboration in which Washington State’s surgical community, in partnership with key stakeholders, can work together toward a common goal of improving patient care and health outcomes.
  • A framework through which healthcare professionals are defining quality metrics, tracking hospital performance, and reducing variability and errors in surgical care.
  • A quality-improvement program helping clinicians deliver the highest quality of care by collecting information about the care patients receive, benchmarking it against standards and providing tools to improve areas highlighted by SCOAP data.

We encourage everyone to find out more and get involved in SCOAP.

Coordinated Quality Improvement Program

SCOAP is a Washington State-approved Coordinated Quality Improvement Program (CQIP). This status provides exemption from disclosure for information and documents specifically created and collected for, and maintained by, an approved program; in this case, SCOAP is operated under the auspices of the Foundation for Health Care Quality a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation.