Hospital Grade Accreditation – Pratt Plastic Surgery
Your Safety is our #1 priority at Pratt Plastic Surgery!! Thus, your surgery will be carried out in our Ambulatory Surgery Center which is accredited by AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Centers) and Certified by Medicare This is benchmark in out-patient surgery center certification.
Medicare Certification requires the strictest safety standards and the most rigorous inspections. Certification requires that the facility be reviewed and approved by the federal government (Center for Medicare Services or CMS). As a result, patients visiting Medicare Certified ambulatory surgery centers can be assured that they will receive the highest quality care available in the US.
Other nearby facilities which have received Medicare Certification include:
- Evergreen Hospital Medical Center
- Overlake Hospital Medical Center
- Swedish Hospital
- Valley Medical Center
- Overlake Surgery Center
- Evergreen Surgery Center
Why Is Certification Important?
Currently, the state of Washington does not require that cosmetic surgery procedures or other out-patient surgeries be performed in an “Accredited” Surgery Center. This means that a doctor can legally perform Tummy Tucks, Breast Augmentations, Liposuction and even Facelifts under local anesthesia, in an unregulated back room of their office.
Are all office surgery facilities required to be licensed in the state of Washington?
Currently, office surgery facilities are not required to be licensed to perform surgery if the procedure is performed under mild IV Sedation or Twilight Anesthesia.
Therefore, it is crucial that patients seeking to have a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure do their homework and insure that their surgery is performed in an Accredited Surgery Center.
Currently, there are four legitimate surgery center accrediting organizations:
- AAAHC – Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
- AAAASF – American Association for Accreditation of Surgical Facilities
- The Joint Commission
- AOA – American Osteopathic Association
Dr. Pratt recommends that before undergoing surgery that you ask if the surgery will be performed in an “Accredited Facility,” and specifically what accrediting agency has inspected and accredited the facility. Also ask if the facility has Medicare Certification.
Remember, a Medicare Certified facility must pass the requirements of one of these accrediting agencies before certification will be granted.