- Q: What is the relationship between the ACS BSCN and the ASMBS BSCOE?
- Q: My center is currently accredited by either the ACS BSCN or the ASMBS BSCOE. Will the standards be changing in the MBSAQIP? If so, how long will my center have to comply? Which set of standards will apply during the transition phase?
- Q: My facility is currently designated as a provisionally approved center by the ASMBS BSCOE. We don’t meet the volume criteria for full accreditation status and don’t anticipate reaching 125 cases in the next six months. How long can we stay provisionally approved under the MBSAQIP? Can we become approved for ACS BSCN Level 2 status under the new joint program?
- Q: My center is currently designated as a Level 2 center by the ACS BSCN and is not currently eligible for designation by the ASMBS BSCOE program due to low volume. Will the MBSAQIP continue to offer rural/low-volume centers the opportunity for designation?
- Q: My accredited center has new program staff, has moved to a new facility, or has a change in ownership. Do I need to notify MBSAQIP?
- Q: What does the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provide reimbursement for?
- Q: What designation will other payers recognize during the transition to MBSAQIP?
- Q: What seal should we use? Is it okay to continue to use the former ASMBS/SRC and ACS BSCN seals/logos? We have a lot of money invested in marketing materials and there will be significant cost involved to change everything.
- Q: Is applying for MBSAQIP accreditation the same as applying to be a Surgical Review Corporation Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (SRC COEMBS)?
A: The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) have united their two accreditation programs, the ACS Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) and the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence (BSCOE), respectively. As of April 1, 2012, all institutions having met the standards under the separate programs were extended accreditation in the new Joint Program, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
A: During the transition phase, ACS BSCN accredited centers will adhere to existing ACS BSCN standards, and ASMBS BSCOE-accredited centers will adhere to existing ASMBS BSCOE standards. The committees of the MBSAQIP have been formed, including a joint committee on standards, which is charged with developing new program accreditation criteria. These new standards will be implemented after payor approval is achieved and the infrastructure to allow centers to apply and be accredited is in place, which is anticipated to be in 2014. Following the implementation of the new joint standards, centers will be reviewed for compliance during their next renewal site visit. All programs will remain in their existing renewal cycles.
A: ASMBS BSCOE centers will remain provisionally approved during the transition phase until they are able to meet the current ASMBS BSCOE volume requirements or until they are able to meet the criteria for full accreditation status under the new MBSAQIP standards. While BSCOE centers are eligible to apply for Level 2 status if they meet all Level 2 criteria, centers would need to go through the complete ACS BSCN application/accreditation process. As ASMBS BSCOE provisional status will be extended during the transition period, centers may opt to wait until the new standards are implemented rather than apply for Level 2 status.
A: During the transition, ACS BSCN Level 2 centers will maintain their current ACS BSCN designation, and it is the intent of the MBSAQIP to continue to provide low volume/rural centers the opportunity to participate in the unified program through a new set of standards. The MBSAQIP committee on bariatric standards has been formed and charged with creating this new set of standards. It is the goal of this committee to develop standards that reflect an even greater emphasis on the quality of care provided, including the use of appropriate quality metrics, better patient satisfaction, and the identification of opportunities for improvement. In particular, the committee will evaluate how outcomes rather than volume might better reflect the quality of care provided. Information regarding the new standards and how they apply to Level 2 centers will be communicated as soon as it becomes available.
A: Yes. The center is required to immediately notify MBSAQIP of any changes to the center’s bariatric surgery center program, including changes in personnel, physical environment, procedure, equipment, or administration. Additionally, we require notification regarding any other circumstance, that result in the center no longer meeting the requirements for accreditation. Please contact us at email@example.com.
A: The CMS National Coverage Decision for bariatric surgery procedures, released on February 21, 2006, is available on the CMS website located here.
A: Designation has always come from the ACS and the ASMBS; therefore, there is no change at this time. A complete listing of accredited centers including the center’s ASMBS BSCOE or ACS BSCN designation level is provided on the ‘Participating Centers’ page of the www.mbsaqip.org website.
A: A new media packet was distributed to centers with guidelines for acceptable use of the new logo. All existing marketing materials/websites containing the old program logos should be updated with the MBSAQIP logo as soon as possible and by no later than May 1, 2013. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to logo files.
A: No. These are two separate programs. The MBSAQIP Accreditation Program is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and is not the same program as the SRC COEMBS.