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The following discussion by Dr Stephen W. Perkins, Indianapolis, Ind, is taken from a workshop at the fall meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery on ambulatory health care. The workshop stressed a practical approach to improve ambulatory health care through self-assessment and accreditation. Whether to seek formal accreditation for your outpatient operating area, and, if so, from which organization (such as the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care or Medicare) are decisions that need to be made locally and regionally. There are no absolute guidelines, but the following discussion by Dr Perkins certainly defines some important areas that should be considered by anyone maintaining an outpatient operating area, whether or not an election to become formally accredited is made.—ED.
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