Accreditation Requirement for Office-Based Surgery Practices in New York State

Under the Office-Based Surgery Law, enacted in 2007, all New York State medical practices that perform invasive procedures and surgery requiring more than mild sedation were required to obtain accreditation by a nationally recognized body designated by the Commissioner of Health no later than July 14, 2009.

Currently, accreditation is available through the following agencies:
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)
American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF)
The Joint Commission (TJC)

For those practices that did not receive accreditation by the July 14, 2009 deadline (even if an accreditation application was filed prior to the deadline), procedures involving moderate or deep sedation or liposuction involving the removal of 500 cc of fat or more cannot be performed until the accrediting agency has conducted an inspection and found the practice to be in compliance with the accrediting agencies office-based surgery standards.  Unaccredited medical practices that perform office-based surgeries falling under the scope of the Office-Based Surgery Law after July 14, 2009 should bear in mind that they are at risk of being found guilty of professional misconduct.

For an up-to-date list of accredited Office-Based Surgery practices in New York State, please visit the NYS Department of Health website.

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