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Continuous Quality Improvement

To ensure the highest quality of care at the least expense to Tennessee taxpayers, Clinical Services is committed to Statewide Continuous Quality Improvement, a comprehensive program of evaluation and research. The mission of the Statewide Continuous Quality Improvement Committee (SCQI) is to:

  • Promote wellness among offenders in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction in a consistent manner throughout the state.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement that impact inmate health care, then evaluate and recommend corrective actions for operational and/or clinical management.
  • Demonstrate improvement in the quality of care through measured outcomes.
  • Identify areas of potential liability. Recommend corrective action to prevent occurrence of events that lead to increased liability.

The SCQI committee is divided into three subcommittees: Morbidity & Mortality, Pharmacy & Therapeutics, and Peer Review. Teams of experienced clinicians and administrators meet on a regular basis to review, evaluate and make recommendations for improvement for all services.