Regulation and Oversight
As noted above, ASCs function just like hospital outpatient departments and, like hospitals, ASCs must comply with a wide range of laws, rules and regulations. Most ASCs are Medicare certified, and many are accredited by the major independent healthcare rating agencies.
ASCs are also required to maintain a strict sanitary environment; every ASC must establish and maintain programs and procedures for preventing infections. Similarly, ASCs must conduct regular, comprehensive assessments of the quality of care they provide to their patients.
When it comes to the emphasis placed on patient safety, there is no difference between a hospital and a surgery center.