Many surgery centerschoose to go through a voluntary accreditation processes conducted by their peers. This accreditation is sometimes referred to as a “third party survey” and may be mandatory in some states or with some payers. ASC’s can seek accreditation from one of three accrediting bodies: Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc (AAAHC), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), or The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).
All accredited ASCs must meet specific standards that are evaluated during on-site inspections. These accrediting bodies also have deemed status by CMS to survey for Medicare Certification. Typically this survey is after the facility has been open for 6 months; however, an early option is available to satisfy state and/or payer requirements.
Proof of state License or exemption letter will be needed before they will schedule the survey. Medicare Certification survey through an Accrediting Body is unannounced. Accrediting bodies will typically give a 1-3 month window for survey.