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AAAHC Creates Accreditation Program for Small ASCs


SKOKIE, Ill.—The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) today announced an accreditation program that is tailored to the specific needs of practices that offer office-based surgery (OBS), and that's priced to be cost-effective for smaller practices. The AAAHC defines an OBS center as an organization that has no more than four physicians/dentists and no more than two operating/procedure rooms.

“All organizations, including OBS centers, must meet nationally recognized standards to be accredited by AAAHC, but as healthcare evolves, new types of organizations with different needs and perspectives have sought accreditation," said John Burke, PhD, AAAHC president and CEO.  “In response, AAAHC has developed innovative programs to meet the unique needs of these organizations, including those that perform office-based surgery."

Features of the OBS Accreditation program include: 

• The AAAHC OBS Standards are written as statements describing the characteristics required of an accreditable organization. The Accreditation Handbook for Office-Based Surgery with Review Guidelines is a tool that gives OBS organizations a clearer understanding of how compliance with each of the Standards will be assessed.

• A reduction in accreditation fees has been made to reflect the smaller size of OBS organizations compared to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). The total cost of $3,500 includes a $775 application fee and a $2,725 fee for the onsite survey and related activities.  All subsequent surveys also cost $3,500. 

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