AHSQC Press Kit

This page contains key information for media outlets and journalists interested in learning about the AHSQC and our efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of hernia care for patients and the healthcare community. For additional media requests, please contact Shelby Dunstan.

The Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative (AHSQC) aims to improve the value in hernia care delivered to patients. Founded in 2013 by hernia surgeons in private practice and academic settings, the AHSQC utilizes concepts of continuous quality improvement to advance outcomes and optimize costs. Advancements are accomplished through patient-centered data collection, ongoing performance feedback to clinicians, and improvement based analysis of collected data and collaborative learning. The goal is to provide the right operation, for the right patient, at the right time. The AHSQC is a trusted collaborative providing balanced and clinically meaningful answers to hernia related questions posed by patients, physicians, payers and other stakeholders within the healthcare system.

About the AHSQC

Through data collection, analysis and collaborative learning, the AHSQC provides best practices, decision support, care pathways and ongoing performance feedback to participants and partners. The AHSQC is a CMS Qualified Clinical Data Registry and is an authoritative resource for organizations to assess quality metrics and demonstrate a commitment to efficient, value-based patient centered hernia care.  Participation in the AHSQC fulfills Part 4 of the American Board of Surgery Maintenance of Certification Program.
AHSQC Mission
“To maximize quality and value of hernia patient care through collaboration.”
Considerable Achievements in 2017:
  • Enrollment surpassed 27,200 hernia cases
  • Launch of the Inguinal Hernia Module
  • Introduction of ORACLE, interactive patient engagement tool
  • Twelve new peer reviewed publications
  • Initial development of an evidence-based "Ventral Hernia Bundle"
  • Two AHSQC Resident/Fellow Research Grants Awarded
  • Designation by CMS as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry
  • Quality measures accepted for national Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
  • Collaborative Engagement with FDA and MDEpiNet
  • MOC Part 4 recognition by American Board of Surgery

Why Surgeons Participate in the AHSQC – in their own words: 

“The data obtained from this Collaborative will engage surgeons…this is our way of learning how to best take care of our patients…and not somebody else telling us how to do it or why.”

“The ability to track your own outcomes with risk adjustment is phenomenal”


Shelby Dunstan


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