New York is among many states taking measures to ensure quality improvement in health care and the protection of public safety.
In July 2007, the State of New York passed a law mandating that all doctors performing office-based surgery requiring certain levels of anesthesia or sedation have their offices reviewed and accredited by July 14, 2009, or face penalties from the state medical board. The new law defines office-based surgery as a surgical or invasive procedure requiring general anesthesia, moderate or deep sedation, and certain liposuction procedures performed in a location other than a hospital.
In addition, beginning Jan. 14, 2008, all “adverse events” occurring in these offices must be reported to the state Department of Health. “Adverse events” include a patient death within thirty days; an unplanned transfer to a hospital; an unscheduled hospital admission within seventy-two hours of the office-based surgery, for longer than twenty-four hours; or any other serious or life-threatening event. For the Adverse Event Report Form and Instructions, please visit www.health.state.ny.us/forms/doh-4431.pdf.
New York Commissioner Richard F. Daines has announced that the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (Accreditation Association/AAAHC) is a designated accrediting organization for office-based surgery practice accreditation.
Specific instructions for New York State OBS Applicants:
Pursuant to the AAAHC’s Collaborative Agreement with the New York State Department of Health, the AAAHC contractually required to discontinue processing an Application for Survey and notify the New York State Department of Health of the applicant’s name, address, phone number and contact person under these circumstances:
- The applicant identifies itself as a business corporation or as a limited liability company;
- If the applicant identifies itself as a general partnership or registered limited liability partnership AND all of its partners are not physicians;
- If the applicant identifies itself as a professional corporation and all of its shareholders, officers and directors are not physicians;
- If the applicant identifies itself as a professional limited liability company and all of its managers are not physicians.
- If the applicant identified itself as a university faculty practice corporation and all of its members, directors and officers are not physicians;
- If the applicant has professional employees other than physicians, physician assistants, specialist assistants, or nurses;
- If the applicant has a separate entity for billing purpose only; or
- If the applicant will be using a billing and collection service.
Do not submit an application to the AAAHC if any of the above apply to your organization. The AAAHC will not be able to process the application and is required to notify the New York State Department of Health. The application fee is non-refundable.
Learn more about applying for AAAHC accreditation.