More states scrutinizing surgical procedures performed in physician offices

Noting that more than 65% of surgeries are now performed in the outpatient setting, the Wall Street Journal today examines the risks associated with procedures offered in physician offices and states’ mounting push to regulate those procedures.


According to the Journal, a growing number of states are regulating such procedures in doctors’ offices, or weighing measures to do so, including California, Indiana, Florida, Arizona and Nevada. This month, a law took effect in New York that for the first time requires the state’s approximately 3,000 doctors’ offices that perform surgery under moderate or deep sedation to have their facilities inspected and accredited by independent review agencies. Violators face penalties from the New York state medical board.


(SOURCE: Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, July 21, 2009)