Newsletter: Surgery center quality will soon be open to public scrutiny
Dr. Ali Banaie, left, a gastroenterologist at the Grossmont Surgery Center in San Diego, nurse Dana Pedersen, center, and technician Adriene Sanders, right, prepare a patient for a colonoscopy. April 12, 2016. Megan Wood, inewsource

Newsletter: Surgery center quality will soon be open to public scrutiny

by Cheryl Clark | inewsource

It’s increasingly likely that if you need certain surgeries or procedures, you’ll go to an outpatient facility rather than a hospital.

But the quality of care at these facilities has long been a well-kept secret because they don’t have to publicly report whether patients were harmed or received inappropriate care.

In California, which has several thousand of these outpatient settings, it is even difficult to know who has official oversight, let alone whether the center was inspected and whether it meets requirements for accreditation or federal reimbursement.

That is about to change, at least in part.

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