Unified National Accreditation Program Announced for Bariatric Surgery Centers
The American College of Surgeons and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery announced plans to combine their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified accreditation program for bariatric surgery centers.
The transition to the ACS-ASMBS Joint Program will begin April 1. Until then, ACS BSCN-accredited centers will continue to adhere to existing ACS standards, and ASMBS BSCOE-accredited centers will adhere to existing ASMBS standards. After April 1, all accredited centers under both programs will be extended accreditation to the new joint program.
It is anticipated that once operational committees of the new joint program are formed, a standards committee will develop new accreditation criteria that will include outcomes reporting. New standards will be implemented upon achievement of payor approval. The new accreditation program infrastructure is expected to be in place by early 2013.
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