Link to Report of the Committee on Quality Assurance in Office-Based Surgery
Press Release: GOVERNOR ELIOT SPITZER SIGNS PATIENT PROTECTION BILL
New Law Requires Enhanced Safety Standards for Office Based Surgical Procedures
Patient Protection Bill, S6052A
Spitzer Signs Law Re Safety Standards for Office-Based Surgery
Governor Eliot Spitzer announced on July 20 that he has signed legislation regulating surgical procedures in physicians’ offices. The legislation will provide for appropriate patient safety standards regarding whether a surgery can be performed in a hospital, ambulatory surgery center, or a doctor’s office.
Currently, surgeries performed in doctor’s offices are not regulated in New York State. Practitioners are not currently bound by the same credentialing and safety requirements as hospitals and are not required to report adverse outcomes.
“We have a responsibility to protect public safety by ensuring that facilities that offer office-based surgeries meet rigorous safety standards,” said Governor Spitzer. “Many procedures can be performed safely in an office environment, allowing patients convenient access to medical care and increasing efficiency.”
The new law:
Nationwide, the number of surgical procedures performed in doctors’ offices instead of hospitals has more than doubled in the last decade, with nearly 10 million surgical procedures performed annually in office-based settings since 2000.
The procedures being performed are increasingly complicated surgical and invasive procedures. William B. Rosenblatt, MD, MSSNY past president (2004-2005) and member of the Committee on Quality Assurance in Office-Based Surgery, said: “On behalf of the Medical Society of the State of New York, I would like to congratulate Commissioner Daines for his strong leadership in advancing a public health agenda that will assure that basic standards of care are met when surgery is performed in office settings.”
(MCMS August 2007 Member Alert)