Helpful information for the media and press

Media policy:

In order to maintain a professional and trusted relationship with the media and public at large, information that includes the name AAAASF or any of its subsidiaries or related programs must be accurate, timely, complete and consistent with the official position of the organization.

Please direct all media inquiries seeking AAAASF input to the public relations staff. The AAAASF public relations office is staffed during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached by calling 847-775-1970. We appreciate and understand media deadlines and will work with our spokespersons to help facilitate interviews and statements in a timely manner.

Organizational profile:

Headquartered in Gurnee, Illinois, the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) was established in 1980 to standardize and improve the quality of health care in outpatient facilities. A quick overview of AAAASF’s history may be found in this infographic.

AAAASF accredits thousands of international and domestic facilities, making it one of the largest not-for-profit accrediting organizations in the United States.

Physicians, clinicians, legislators, state and national health agencies and patients acknowledge that AAAASF sets the “gold standard” for quality patient care.

AAAASF programs include outpatient surgical, procedural and oral maxillofacial; international surgical, international rehabilitation and international dental; as well as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved accreditation programs for surgery (ambulatory surgery centers), physical therapy and rural health clinics.

Our voluntary board of directors is comprised of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and nurse anesthetists as well as public members who represent medical specialties, health care providers and the public at large.

AAAASF offers a hands-on and step-by-step approach to guiding customers through the accreditation process. Immediately upon inquiry, those seeking accreditation in our programs are assigned a personal accreditation specialist based on facility location. That specialist remains the primary point of contact throughout the accreditation process.

AAAASF’s leadership team is comprised of experts in their field who maintain day-to-day operations of the organization.

Patient and Facility Information:

Our first priority is the safety and privacy of patients. Under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), strict regulations are placed on the information that can be released to the media about patients. AAAASF also maintains restrictions on personnel issues related to our accredited facilities.