Immediate Release (09/27/09)
Architect Selected to Design New
Office Based Surgery Facility
Bernstein & Associates, Architects (www.bernarch.com) has been
selected to design a new, private medical office suite, to
conform to the new office-based surgery regulations.
Many states have adopted the new office based surgery
regulations into law. Specific regulations and deadlines vary by
New York State office based surgery regulations, as an example,
were adapted into law through NYS Public Health Law section
230-d. This law pertains to "Licensees” (physicians, physician
assistants and specialist assistants) who perform invasive or
surgical procedures using more than minimal sedation.
The deadline for office based surgery facilities to conform to
the new regulation occurred on July 14, 2009. So a licensee who
fails to practice in an accredited setting after July 14, 2009
may be guilty of professional misconduct. Regulated practices,
as defined in the new law, include any "surgical or other
invasive procedure, requiring general anesthesia, moderate
sedation, or deep sedation, and any liposuction procedure, where
such surgical or other invasive procedure or liposuction is
performed by a licensee in a location other than a hospital
[...] excluding minor procedures and procedures requiring
In New York State, as in many states, practitioners have the
option of conforming to one of three accreditation bodies, each
of which has its own set of guidelines: The Joint Commission
(JCAHO), the American Association for the Accreditation of
Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF), or the Accreditation
Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
About Bernstein & Associates, Architects: Founded in 1990, this
company is an award-winning architectural firm specializing in
hospital design, healthcare design and medical office design.
Within the specialty of medical office design, this healthcare
architecture firm has developed an understanding and expertise
in design medical offices to meet the new office based surgery
guidelines. For more information about the office based surgery,
please contact well known healthcare architect, William N.
Bernstein, LEED®AP, AIA at:
Bernstein & Associates, Architects
59 West 19th Street - 6A, New York, NY 10011