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August 2018

Practical Guide to Surgical Data Sets: Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Program (MBSAQIP)

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Surg. 2018;153(8):766-767. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.0495

This article details important considerations for quality and outcomes reporting in bariatric surgery with the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) public user file (PUF) data set. In 2012, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) merged their respective bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program, the MBSAQIP.1 This program is responsible for accrediting inpatient and outpatient bariatric surgery centers in the United States and Canada. To date, 780 bariatric surgery programs are MBSAQIP-accredited; together, these account for 94% of bariatric programs in these countries.1 As part of accreditation, centers are required to input prospectively collected patient data into the MBSAQIP national data registry platform.2

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