AAAASF Accredits Over 300 N.Y. Outpatient Facilities in Less Than One Year

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The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) released today that a New York state law mandating office-based surgery facility accreditation has spurred dramatic growth at the Illinois-based accreditation association. The Patient Protection Bill, signed into law in July 2007, is intended to ensure high safety standards and requires that office-based surgery requiring moderate sedation, deep sedation, general anesthesia and certain liposuction procedures be performed in a setting that has obtained and maintained accreditation. Doctors who failed to complete an inspection and accreditation program by July 14 risk facing professional misconduct penalties and potential loss of their medical license. As a result, AAAASF has demonstrated how well the association's bright line standards and user-friendly process has resonated with the New York physicians.

Lawrence S. Reed, MD, a New York plastic surgeon and president of AAAASF, sees the accreditation trend in many states as a harbinger for patient safety initiatives that he has championed for over 20 years. “Our organization, AAAASF, is an internationally recognized authority in the accreditation of office-based surgical and procedural facilities. All of our activities are directed towards patient safety. It was both a pleasure and an honor for us to work side-by-side with the Department of Health in New York State. This was a bold and necessary step for New York state and we at AAAASF are pleased that they initiated this law and allowed our participation in making it a reality. We believe that this law will go a long way to creating even greater safety in the office-based facility.”

Gastroenterology, ophthalmology, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, hand surgery, general surgery, plastic surgery, multi-specialty centers and pain management are some of the types of office-based facilities that have attained accreditation through AAAASF.

Source: American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities

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