In-office plastic surgery procedures are the focus of new patient safety legislation in New York state. Studies show that procedures performed in a surgeon’s private facility instead of a hospital increase the risk of complications. The new policies are designed to regulate in-office surgeries and provide guidelines for all physicians, not just plastic surgeons.
A new law in New York is clamping down on doctors who want to perform surgeries in their offices.
In the past, office surgeries have carried higher risks than hospitals, since they were not governed by the same regulations. However, New York city and state health officials are trying to change that.
They hope to improve safety for patients while weeding out mediocre practitioners looking for a quick buck via less stringently regulated locations.
Under the new legislation, doctors can still perform surgery in their office, but they must be accredited and also have hospital privileges. This means the doctor has to be approved by a specific hospital to perform surgery there. The office area must also meet hospital health standards.
The law was approved in 2007 and finally went into effect this month. The two-year window was designed to give office practitioners time to prepare for the requirements. Doctors who fail to meet the new requirements, and continue to operate in their offices, will lose their licenses.
This law applies to all New York doctors, not just plastic surgeons. Health officials say office surgeries have doubled in the last ten years, and now generate about $10 million in revenue.
This regulation has been instituted in other states, as well but surprisingly, not in all states. If you are contemplating a cosmetic surgery procedure, – makes sure your surgeon has hospital privileges to do that procedure at a hospital, and verify this at the hospital staff office. One quick phone call can help ensure your safety.