Surgical facilities in the state of New Jersey will soon require registration and inspection.
The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) proposed these rules on March 18, saying in a press release that the rules apply to small surgical centers with one operating room, which were previously regulated as private medical practices. These surgical centers will have to go through inspectio n by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) or certification from one of four independent accreditation organizations okayed by CMS.
In New Jersey, 250 ambulatory surgical centers are licensed by CMS or DHSS. With the rule on its way, 128 one-room physician surgical centers have voluntarily registered with the DHSS.
“These rules ensure that patients who have surgery in an outpatient setting are being treated in facilities that meet quality and safety standards set either by the government or nationally recognized accreditation bodies,” said Deputy Commissioner Mary O’Dowd. “These regulations are designed to extend consumer protections, as increasing numbers of medical procedures are performed in outpatient surgery centers.”