The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has announced an accreditation program that is priced to be cost-effective for smaller plastic surgery practices, and is tailored to the specific needs of practices that offer office-based surgery (OBS). 

The AAAHC defines an OBS center as an organization that has no more than four surgeons and no more than two operating/procedure rooms.

Features of the new OBS Accreditation program include: 

·         The AAAHC OBS Standards are written as statements describing the characteristics required of an accreditable organization. The Accreditation Handbook for Office-Based Surgery with Review Guidelines is a tool that gives OBS organizations a clearer understanding of how compliance with each of the Standards will be assessed.

·         A reduction in accreditation fees has been made to reflect the smaller size of OBS organizations compared to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).  The total cost of $3,500 includes a $775 application fee and a $2,725 fee for the onsite survey and related activities.  All subsequent surveys also cost $3,500. 

[Source: AAAHC]