Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are experiencing growth as the trend continues towards outpatient procedures. This session reviews the AAAHC/Medicare Deemed Status (AAAHC/MDS) accreditation program for ambulatory surgery centers and the pivotal role that facility management plays in ensuring compliance with Accreditation Standards and Conditions for Coverage requirements that regulate ASCs. The session will cover top physical environment findings from surveys, changes in the AAAHC Standards that affect the physical environment, and the AAAHC/MDS survey process.
Explain the history of the AAAHC/MDS program.
Discuss the AAAHC/MDS Life Safety Survey process and standards used.
Describe changes to the AAAHC standards for 2015 that affect facility management aspects of an AAAHC/MDS ASC.
Identify the top physical environment and life safety findings for 2015.