AAAHC Unveils Cheaper Accreditation Program for Small Surgery Centers
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care has announced an accreditation program tailored to the needs of practices that offer office-based surgery, according to an Endo Nurse report.
The AAAHC defines an OBS center as an organization with no more than four physicians or dentists and no more than two operating and procedure rooms.
According to the report, 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 also been made to reflect the smaller size of the OBS organizations compared to ambulatory surgery centers. 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 will cost $3,500.
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