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Navigating ASC Excellence: Unveiling 2023's Common Deficiencies

Updated: Jun 17

In the ever-evolving landscape of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs), staying ahead is crucial. The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has illuminated the path with its quality roadmap for 2023. Drawing insights from 1,749 surveys conducted between Jan. 1, 2022, and Feb. 28, 2023, the roadmap sheds light on common deficiencies observed nationwide.


For ASCs pursuing initial or reaccreditation in the Ambulatory Accreditation program during this period, six deficiencies emerged, identified in 15% or more of the surveyed ASCs. According to the AAAHC report, these deficiencies encompass various facets crucial to ASC operations:


  1. Documentation Deficiencies: This involves lapses such as omitting vital patient information, including allergies or sensitivities.

  2. Infection Prevention ASC Deficiencies: Instances where ASCs fall short of adhering to globally recognized guidelines from WHO, CDC, or other national entities for infection control.

  3. Quality of Care Deficiencies: Issues arise when ASCs neglect essential practices like medication reconciliation, impacting the overall quality of patient care.

  4. Credentialing, Privileging, and Peer Review Deficiencies: Identified when providers fail to obtain the necessary professional qualifications or approvals, affecting the credibility of the ASC.

  5. Emergency Preparedness Deficiencies: ASCs may lack preparedness for various emergency scenarios, such as natural disasters or active shootings, or fail to maintain a safe, sanitary, and adequately equipped environment.

  6. Pharmaceutical Services Deficiencies: This category encompasses improper drug storage or documentation practices within ASCs.


Stay informed with Marisa Consulting as we dissect these ASC deficiencies, providing insights and strategies to ensure your center excels in 2023 and beyond. Contact us today for ASC consulting services.

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