Who Has a Joint Commission-certified Facility? Board Certifed Surgeons in Such a Facility?

I am active duty military. By order of the hospital commander, a facility that has joint commission approval or certification is strongly suggested. Are there any board certified surgeons that do mommy makeovers and brazilian butt lifts from such a facility?

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Facility Accreditation

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The American Society of Plastic Surgeons or The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery can provide a list of JCAHO certified facilities in your area. If you are unable to locate a JCAHO facility, you can see of the surgeon has a AAAASF or AAAHC facility.

West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Board certification and cosmetic surgery

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You can visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website to find a board certified plastic surgeon near you.  Then, call your plastic surgeon to verify that he/she operates in a JCAHO certified facility.

Doctors doing Brazilian butt lifts/Molly Makovers in an accredited facility

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Once you have selected your Board certified plastic surgeon, make sure they operate in a facility accredited by the Joint Commission (the new name for JCAHO), AAAASF or AAAHC.  If they are board certified, they probably do, but it is best to ask.

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Hospitals that accept Medicare payments are required by law to be JAHCO certified.

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Thank you for your question. 

Hospitals that accept Medicare payments are required by law to be JAHCO certified.

I hope this helps.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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JCAHO Accreditation in Surgery Centers

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JCAHO Accreditation indicates that a facility has been inspected, and is reinspected annually.  The standards are stringent.  

Medicare deemed JCAHO accreditation is one step more rigorous.

Patients should always look for accreditation in a surgery center.  It increases patient safety.

The conditions in some surgery centers are simply appalling, and patients owe it to themselves to research this before having surgery.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Facility accreditation

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Therw are three organization that will accredit hospitals, surgicenters, and office surgical facilities


Accreditation assures that the acility meets all the standards of care and patients safety codes. The standards for all three organizations are the same and approved by Medicare, CDC, and OSHA standards.

Asan inspector, the inspection involves the suitability of the facility, the environment, the adherance to standards of care and infection control, the staff and their licensing, emergency equipment and medications. Quality improvement standards, Anesthesia standards and personell qualifications. Most important qualifications of the surgeon and scope of practice, that is what is the surgeon qualified to do and not do. Make sure the surgeon can do the procedures in a hospital. The surgeon has privillages for those procedures in a hospital. The facility adherance to infection control. adherance to HIPPA, OSHA, and building codes for patient safety.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

OR certification

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You want to have surgery in a facility with AAAASF certification which requires that all procedures performed there the PS has privileges to perform in a hospital. Lesser certifications carried by "cosmetic surgeons" include AAAHC.  In that case the cosmetic surgeon does not have to have privileges to perform the surgery in a hospital.  That certification is chosen in some instances because the cosmetic surgeon does not have the appropriate training to get those privileges in a hospital.


Always seek out a board certified plastic surgeon

Robert Kearney, MD, FACS
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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Facility Accreditation is Important

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You should only have your procedure at a fully accredited hospital or surgery center facility.   These facilities can be accredited by the Joint Commission (JACHO), AAAASF (The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities), or AAAHC.  The reason why this is important is that it ensures that your surgeon and his/her facility adheres to the highest safety standards.   Remember, your should only consult with plastic surgeons who are members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).  Part of our bylaws requires all ASPS members perform surgeries in fully accredited facilities only.  Best of luck.

Dr. Basu

Houston, TX

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