Our plastic surgeons and the operating room team perform most surgical procedures at the Marina Outpatient Surgery Center, located in Marina Del Rey, California. Serving Santa Monica, Long Beach, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, this plastic surgery facility is fully accredited by American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) and all anesthesiologists are certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology with training and certification in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). Please request the name of the anesthesiologist assigned to your case to verify their board certification.
The AAAASF was established in 1980. Its primary mission is to ensure the highest quality patient care in the ambulatory surgery setting. Today, with more than 550 accredited outpatient surgical facilities, the not-for-profit AAAASF is the largest accrediting organization of its kind in the United States.
AAAASF has designed an accrediting program to help provide patients with the assurance of safety and quality in all aspects of their outpatient surgery experience. To achieve this goal, every AAAASF-accredited ambulatory surgery facility must meet stringent national standards for equipment, operating safety, personnel and surgeon credentials. The experts at AAAASF know that maintaining safety and quality in the ambulatory surgery facility is a dynamic process, requiring constant review and revision of standards to reflect the current state-of-the-art. As the leading accrediting organization, AAAASF has developed the systems to effectively monitor and implement the latest advances in outpatient care delivery-advances that directly benefit patients. Our Los Angeles cosmetic surgery facility meets all of the AAAASF standards.
The vast majority of ambulatory surgery facilities are unaccredited, operating independent of any peer review and inspection process. A growing number of states throughout the country, however, are recognizing the need for mandatory accreditation. AAAASF is in the forefront of legislative efforts to provide patients with safety and quality assurance in the outpatient surgery setting.
In 1996, California became the first state to mandate accreditation for all outpatient facilities that administer sedation or general anesthesia. AAAASF was instrumental in the development of the California legislation (AB 595) as well as subsequent laws and regulations adopted by states such as Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. AAAASF accreditation guidelines have been recognized as the “gold standard,” providing the highest level of safety and quality in ambulatory surgical care.
The majority of private insurance carriers recognize accreditation by AAAASF for reimbursement of covered procedures. AAAASF accreditation has been approved by state Departments of Health in lieu of state licensure and, with additional standards, has been approved for deemed status in lieu of Medicare certification.
All AAAASF-accredited facilities must:
AAAASF rigorously inspects and evaluates each facility seeking accreditation to ensure that it meets the highest standards. After accreditation is achieved, AAAASF requires an annual in-house evaluation to identify any areas that may need improvement. Every three years, a formal site inspection is performed by a trained AAAASF representative.
AAAASF-accredited facilities are continually monitored and improved through the analysis of individual facility performance compared to established standards. One of the innovative ways in which AAAASF evaluates patient care and cost containment is through its documented quality assurance and peer-review program. This program, now accessible through the Internet, allows for:
The AAAASF class designation is based on the type of anesthesia administered in the facility and the corresponding standards necessary to ensure patient safety.
Studies have demonstrated that, typically, the cost of a patient for a procedure performed in an accredited ambulatory surgery facility is only one-third to one-half of the cost for the same procedure performed in a hospital. But this is only part of the story. One of the factors contributing to lower cost is the outstanding safety record of accredited ambulatory facilities. It has been shown that the incidence of complications in an accredited outpatient facility is comparable to that of a hospital-based ambulatory surgery facility. Safety plus low cost make the accredited ambulatory surgery facility an attractive option.
The bottom line is that AAAASF accreditation is today’s best assurance of safety, quality and efficiency in the outpatient surgery environment. It is a program that has achieved wide recognition from the medical community, state legislatures, state and national health care agencies, insurance companies and patients. So, for your plastic surgery in the Los Angeles, California area, you should be sure that the surgery center where your procedure will be performed is AAAASF-accredited.
AAAASF is dedicated to the goals of ensuring quality and patient safety while providing innovative, cost-containing solutions for patient care in the ambulatory surgery setting.
Please contact us at 1-888-545-5222 with your questions or comments about AAAASF-accredited facilities.