Winter 2024 Newsletter

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SAVE THE DATE: SCW 2024 Summer Meeting

Join surgeons and quality leaders from across the state on August 10, 2024 at the Heidel House Hotel and Conference Center in Green Lake, WI to discuss evidence-based quality improvement projects in the following areas:

  • Opioid stewardship for surgical patients
  • Implementation of multidisciplinary enhanced recovery teams
  • Reducing unnecessary breast cancer surgeries
  • Improving colonoscopy quality

At the meeting, you can earn FREE CME credits and receive benchmarked performance reports! Meals will be provided by SCW, and families are encouraged to attend.

Lookout for registration opening this April!

Performance Report Update

The SCW data coordinating center has been hard at work to provide the most up-to-date performance reports. We are excited to announce that updated reports will be ready for release in April. Reports are confidential and SCW members only have access to their own reports. The following reports will be available in the Learning Management System (LMS) in April:

Reducing Unnecessary Breast Cancer Surgeries – July 2022 through June 2023

  • The Reducing Unnecessary Breast Cancer Surgeries report highlights 60-day re-excision rates, mastectomy rates, the number of index lumpectomy and mastectomy procedures, and the number of repeat procedures.

Enhanced Recovery Protocols for Colorectal Surgery – July 2022 through June 2023

  • The Colorectal Surgery reports feature postop length of stay, factors associated with 30-day readmission and patient sociodemographic and clinical characteristics.

New SCW Initiative Focused on Hernia Quality

The Surgical Collaborative of Wisconsin is working with Dr. Toria Rendell and Dr. Matt Goldblatt to launch a new quality improvement initiative focused on surgical procedures for hernia repair. SCW will use existing infrastructure to improve hernia care quality throughout the state by developing and distributing benchmarked performance reports tracking key quality measures, providing surgeon education, and hosting a hernia breakout session at the 2024 Summer Meeting. Potential areas to target with this initiative include:

  • Preoperative optimization strategies for patients undergoing hernia repair
  • Minimizing the risk of hernia recurrence/reoperation
  • Education and training for new approaches, technologies, and implants related to hernia repair
  • Utilization of component separation/MIS techniques
  • Identification of outcomes tracking methods for practice improvement

If you’re interested in participating in this hernia work or would like to learn more, please email We look forward to the development of this new initiative to continue improving surgical quality statewide!

Upcoming Opioid Webinar

Post-operative Pain Management: Naïve to Challenging

SCW is partnering with Dr. Amit Singh and Dr. William Peppard from Medical College of Wisconsin to create a new opioid stewardship educational opportunity reviewing post-operative pain management strategies for opioid naiive and tolerant patients. The webinar will be available to SCW members this Spring via the SCW Learning Management System. This activity is approved for 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits with a maximum of 1.00 credits that meet the requirement for Self-Assessment. Thank you to Drs. Busch, Singh, and Peppard for your involvement in the planning and implementation of the webinar!