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New York Cracks Down on Office-based Surgery

Published: January 21, 2008

Facilities that offer office-based procedures in New York now have to report adverse events and must become accredited by July 14, 2009, due to legislation that went into effect last week. Hospitals are exempt from this legislation, but other facilities that use deep sedation or general anesthesia may be affected, according to the New York State Department of Health, including those offering gastrointestinal endoscopy, bronchoscopy, rhinoplasty, liposuction and mammoplasty.

The new law defines adverse events as a patient's death with 30 days; an unplanned transfer to a hospital; an unscheduled hospital admission for longer than 24 hours within 72 hours of the surgery; or any serious or life-threatening event. Facilities must report these events to the Department of Health within one day of learning of the event.

Nathan Hall

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