Outpatient Programs

Learn how to become accredited through one of our Outpatient Programs

Outpatient Programs

Outpatient

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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In most cases, outpatient surgery, also known as ambulatory surgery or same-day surgery, is surgery that does not require an overnight hospital stay. Surgery facilities, sometimes called surgicenters, specialize in providing surgery, including certain pain management and diagnostic (e.g., colonoscopy) services in an outpatient setting. Overall, the services provided are generally referred to as "procedures."

Outpatient surgery avoids inpatient hospital admission, reduces the amount of medication prescribed and uses a doctor's time more efficiently. More procedures are now being performed in a surgeon's office, termed office-based surgery, rather than in a hospital operating room.

Outpatient surgery is suited best for healthy people undergoing minor or intermediate procedures (plastic surgery, ob-gyn, limited urologic, ophthalmologic, or ear, nose and throat procedures and procedures involving the extremities). However, health care reform and the Affordable Care Act of 2010 have expanded the types and complexity of surgical procedures, with much of the growth driven by advancements in anesthesia and technology.

Complications in AAAASF accredited outpatient surgery facilities occur less often than in hospitals but patients should always check with their doctor for all information covering preparation for outpatient procedures and post-operative guidance. Patients should also inquire about all ambulatory facilities, surgical centers and physician offices to make sure they are accredited. A Patient Fact Sheet is available for more information.