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The new rules for outpatient surgery

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, July 21, 2009

A new office-based surgery law went into effect in New York recently, requiring that physician's offices that perform surgery with moderate or deep sedation be accredited by one of three independent agencies to make sure they are meeting standards of safety and care. Any office that isn't accredited is no longer authorized to perform surgery, and practices also have to report all adverse events to the New York Department of Health. The New York law may serve as a model for other states considering similar measures.