A physician or surgeon seeking AAAASF accreditation for his or her outpatient surgery facility must first meet these important requirements before he or she can qualify for accreditation:
All medical staff using the facility must meet one of the following criteria:
- A Doctor of Medicine certified or eligible for certification by one of the member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS medical or surgical specialty).
- A Doctor of Osteopathy certified or eligible for certification by the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOABS).
- A podiatrist certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS)
- An oral and maxillofacial surgeon certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS).
Every physician, podiatrist, and oral and maxillofacial surgeon operating in an AAAASF accredited facility, must hold, or must demonstrate that they have held, unrestricted hospital privileges in their specialty at an accredited and/or licensed acute care hospital within thirty (30) minutes of the accredited facility for all operations that they perform within the facility. Only surgical procedures included in those hospital privileges may be performed within the AAAASF accredited facility. A physician must be present when anesthesia other than strictly local is being administered in Class B, Class C-M, and C accredited facilities.