In 2005, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery developed accreditation programs for bariatric surgery centers to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgery centers that maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice, as well as the documentation of outcomes, including improved surgical care, for the bariatric patient. In 2012 the two programs unified to create one national accreditation program for bariatric surgery, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). The MBSAQIP accredits facilities in the United States and Canada that have undergone an independent, voluntary, and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards. To maintain accreditation status, all fully approved centers are required to report their bariatric surgical outcomes data to the MBSAQIP Database, a longitudinal database of all cases and data points. Centers have access to online, real-time, benchmarking and workflow reports via the MBSAQIP Workstation.
Bariatric Accreditation Improves Outcomes
In February 2006, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it would only reimburse bariatric surgery procedures performed at a Level I ACS BSCN or American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) accredited center – both designations are now recognized under the joint MBSAQIP program. Prior to the removal of the requirement for accreditation in September 2013, a 2010 Archives of Surgery study showed that Medicare patients who underwent bariatric surgery after the CMS decision to require Level I ACS BSCN Accreditation or designation as an ASMBS BSCOE, had shorter hospital stays and lower overall complication rates, with no significant differences in the in-hospital mortality rates.
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