Atlanta, Ga. (Aug. 23, 2014) – The bariatric surgery center at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital has earned accreditation as a comprehensive center facility from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. This accreditation demonstrates the surgery center’s commitment to delivering the highest quality care for its bariatric surgery patients.
In March 2012 the ACS and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) combined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program, MBSAQIP, to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers. Piedmont Atlanta Hospital was initially accredited for metabolic and bariatric surgery by the (ASMBS/ACS) January 16, 2013 and will continue on a triennial renewal cycle under the new MBSAQIP.
Following the February 2014 release of the new Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 – MBSAQIP Standards and Pathways Manual, all bariatric surgery centers that maintained accreditation under the former ACS and ASMBS programs were assigned one of five new designations under MBSAQIP (see the MBSAQIP Standards and Pathways Manual for a detailed explanation of the different designation levels offered). New designations were conferred based on the center’s case volume and mix, facility type, and patient population. Centers were given until May 30, 2014 to come into compliance with the new standards and complete the re-designation process.
MBSAQIP accredits inpatient and outpatient bariatric surgery centers in the United States and Canada that have undergone an independent, voluntary, and rigorous peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards. Accreditation for metabolic and bariatric surgery not only promotes uniform standard benchmarks, but also supports continuous quality improvement. MBSAQIP Accredited Centers have demonstrated compliance with nationally recognized standards and successfully completed an on-site visit by a trained surveyor. Because optimal surgical care requires documentation using reliable outcomes measures, MBSAQIP Accredited Centers are required to report clinical outcomes data on 100% of all metabolic and bariatric procedures to the MBSAQIP Data Registry and continually review their data to inform quality improvement initiatives at the center.