Surgical Best Practices Pilot

Current Status

The initial start-up phase was completed in January 2016. Start-up accomplishments included:

  • Development and implementation of an automated surgical care coordination system and SHSC standard work processes.
  • Development of possible pilot process quality indicators.
  • SHSCs reviewed over 4,000 cases resulting in opportunities to assist over 1,500 injured workers and the creation of 2,741 case notes.
  • See Surgical Best Practices Newsletters

Next Steps

The pilot is expected to run through June 30, 2019. That's how long it will take to gather data from enough injured workers to make up a significant sample size to measure effectiveness. If successful, the goal will be to merge this pilot with the Orthopedic and Neurological Surgeons Quality Project.

Self-Insured Role

Self-insured employers are not currently involved in the Surgical Best Practices Pilot. If this pilot is successful, and merged with the Orthopedic and Neurological Surgeons Quality Project, we will explore how Self-Insured employers may be involved. More information on self-insured participation in the Orthopedic and Neurological Surgeon Quality Project.

How can others join the Surgical Best Practices Pilot?

At this stage in the pilot we are not expanding to any additional pilot sites. Contracts for the three pilot sites were awarded based on a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process in 2014.


Contact Carole Horrell at or 360-902-5080.

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