Archive June 2003 IV, No. 6

A Case for Office Accreditation

Seven reasons to accredit your office-based surgery center.

Kristin Royer

BIO

More than $250,000 and 200 hours later, Dr. Cap Lesesne's office-based plastic surgery center, International Cosmetic Surgery on New York's Park Avenue, is accredited. Knowing how much money (most of it went toward a new floor and other capital improvements) and time (he spent one day a week for eight months preparing) accreditation would cost, he had put it off for years.

The procrastination ended last July when the American Society of Plastic Surgeons required its members who perform plastic surgery involving anesthesia other than topical or oral anesthetics be accredited by a nationally or state recognized accrediting agency, be Medicare certified or licensed by the state.

"You can't go through the accreditation process without improving the quality of your facility," says Dr. Lesesne, whose office has been accredited for 10 months now. "Having a trained third party examine your policies and procedures can only help your center."

More than 90 percent of office-based centers are not accredited, according to accreditation agency estimates. If you're among them, you may wonder whether accreditation is worth it. Read on for insights into the benefits that accreditation can bring to your office-based surgery center.

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