OUR PROGRAMS

Select your program to begin or maintain your accreditation process

We offer a variety of accreditation programs because there are many types of outpatient facilities that seek to promote patient safety. The standards of each program are tailored to help meet the individual patient safety needs of each type of facility. To help identify the program that is best for you, please review each of our programs below and contact us for assistance. Our fee schedule outlines the annual and survey fees for each program. You can begin or maintain your accreditation process by visiting the page for your program and downloading the application, self survey, or re-survey materials.

NARHC Discount
AAAASF offers a 10% discount* for NARHC members on annual fee every year.  The clinic must show proof of current membership annually.

NARA Discount
AAAASF offers a 10% discount* for NARA members on annual fee every year.  The clinic must show proof of current membership annually.

*The discount is taken off of the annual AAAASF fee and does not apply to the inspection fee.

Outpatient Programs

Learn how to become accredited and maintain accreditation in our Outpatient Surgical Program that is designed to promote optimal patient safety in the office setting. Accredited centers must comply with standards governing professional training, operational safety and the physical layout of the center. Patients undergoing surgery in an accredited operating room should be assured the same level of care and safety preparedness as those receiving care in a hospital. Centers with nearly any surgical specialty are eligible for accreditation under this program.

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Learn how to become accredited and maintain accreditation in our Outpatient Procedural Program that assesses standards compliance for facilities performing therapeutic and diagnostic procedures, as well as minimally invasive and minor surgical procedures. Clinics specializing in pain management, gastroenterology, urology and fertility commonly participate in the procedural program. Procedural standards reflect the cleaning and disinfecting needs of facilities using scopes.

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Learn how to become accredited and maintain accreditation in our Outpatient Oral Maxillofacial Program. Accredited oral maxillofacial facilities must meet standards written for the delivery of safe oral surgery care requiring unique anesthesia delivery and disinfection practices. This program is designed to promote optimal patient safety while meeting the specific needs of the oral surgery community.

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Learn how to become accredited and maintain accreditation in our outpatient Pediatric Dentistry program. Accredited pediatric dentistry facilities must meet standards written for the delivery of safe dentistry care for children, requiring unique anesthesia delivery and focused infection control practices. Accredited centers must comply with standards governing professional training, operational safety, and comprehensive documentation. Patients undergoing dental care in an accredited facility are assured the same level of care and safety preparedness as those receiving care in a hospital. This program is designed to ensure optimal patient safety while meeting the specific needs of the pediatric dentistry community.

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Medicare Programs

Learn how to become accredited and maintain accreditation in our Medicare Surgical Program. Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) are facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs for reimbursement. ASCs, sometimes called surgicenters, specialize in providing surgery, including certain pain management and diagnostic (e.g., colonoscopy) services in an outpatient setting.

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Learn how to become accredited and maintain accreditation in our Medicare Outpatient Physical Therapy Program that assesses the quality of therapeutic care in physical therapy and speech pathology. These clinics also may offer occupational therapy.

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Learn how to become accredited and maintain accreditation in our Medicare Rural Health Clinic Program. Clinics located in a census tract within a non-urban designation and in a medically under-served area, or an area with a designated health professional shortage may participate in this program.

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International Programs

Learn how to become accredited and maintain accreditation in our International Surgical Program. Patients undergoing surgery in an accredited operating room are assured the same level of care and safety preparedness as those receiving care in a hospital. Centers with nearly any surgical specialty are eligible for accreditation under this program.

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Learn how to become accredited and maintain accreditation in our International Outpatient Physical Therapy Program that is designed to assess the quality of therapeutic care in physical therapy and speech pathology. These clinics may additionally offer occupational therapy internationally.

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Learn how to become accredited and maintain accreditation in our International Dental Program. AAAASFI is an accreditation program certifying to the medical and dental community and the general public that a facility meets internationally recognized standards. This international program promotes optimal patient safety while meeting the specific needs of the dental community. Accredited clinics meet standards that are written with unique anesthesia delivery and disinfection practices appropriate to the delivery of safe dental care.​

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Standards Development

While these standards are final, AAAASF always seeks to improve and has established the plan below to develop future revisions to these standards based on information gathered during this survey and others conducted using this manual.

  • AAAASF standards are updated on an approximate 3-year cycle based on:
    • Outcome data from the AAAASF Patient Safety Data Reporting system is evaluated and statistically analyzed to determine areas where standards can be revised or created to improve patient safety and outcomes.
    • Standards are updated by the standards committee, representing authoritative specialists in all areas of ambulatory medical care each with at least 20 years’ experience in surgery, anesthesia, dentistry, or nursing.
    • At least every three years AAAASF standards are compared to other organizations’ standards and recommendations, such as those of professional societies, including surgical, anesthesia, dental, and nursing organizations, or ministries, to identify implementation of new standards and minimize duplication.
    • The 3-year cycle is defined as:
      • Year one: AAAASF collects data from AAAASF surveys and updates from other organizations’ standards and guidelines.
      • Year two: The Standards Committee revises standards based upon data collected in year one.
      • Year three: The updated standards are presented to the Board of Directors for consideration and approval.
  • During the board approval process, all standards are submitted to a medical editor for editing and clarification of wording.
  • Standard development includes pilot testing and evaluation upon approval of draft.
  • Process of adopting Standards:
    • Data used in the development of standards is gathered.
    • The Standards Committee evaluates data and drafts proposed standards
    • AAAASF posts draft standards and solicits feedback from US-based and international stakeholders including societies, ministries, surveyors, and facilities
    • The Standards Committee evaluates data and establishes new standards.
    • New standards are approved by the Standards Committee and submitted to the Board of Directors.
    • The Board of Directors evaluates proposed standards and approves or disapproves standards.
    • As new standards are introduced, they are advertised in AAAASF newsletters and incorporated into surveyor training programs.
    • AAAASF utilizes a data review process to obtain and analyze citations and surveyor findings from previous assessments and use them to improve standards.