Statement from Commissioner Daines on Accreditation Requirement for Office-Based Surgery Practices

ALBANY, NY (July 14, 2009) – Today all New York State physicians' offices performing invasive procedures and surgery requiring moderate or deep sedation must be accredited, as required by New York State Law. Under Governor Paterson's leadership, the Department of Health has been working diligently to ensure patient safety. Accreditation will help assure that New Yorkers receive the highest quality of care when undergoing surgery in outpatient settings.

Currently, there are approximately 500 New York State providers that are accredited to perform office-based surgeries and 200 more are awaiting accreditation. Any provider that has not received final accreditation as of yesterday, July 13, cannot perform office-based surgeries requiring moderate or deep sedation or general anesthesia today.

This requirement is mandated by the Office-based Surgery Law enacted in 2007. As of today, only accredited physicians' offices may perform office-based surgeries requiring moderate or deep sedation or general anesthesia in New York State. Physicians, physician assistants, and specialist assistants who continue to perform specific procedures in a non-accredited setting may face professional misconduct charges.

New Yorkers will now be able to check a listing of accredited office-based surgery practices by county on the state Health Department Web site at: http://www.nyhealth.gov/professionals/office-based_surgery/practices/.