Maryland Ambulatory Surgery Facility Consumer Guide


If you would like additional information about ambulatory surgery facilities, please contact one of the resources listed below.

The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) is the state agency responsible for developing the "Ambulatory Surgery Facility Consumer Guide." For more information about the Commission, its public members and its work, visit their website at or call toll-free 1-877-245-1762.

The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) is an independent State agency that regulates Maryland's insurance industry and protects consumers by ensuring that insurance companies and health plans act in accordance with insurance laws. You may visit their Web site at or call toll-free 1-800-492-6116.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) is the State agency responsible for the licensing and regulatory oversight of Maryland ambulatory surgery facilities. Visit their Web site at or call toll-free 1-877-402-8218.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead federal agency responsible for research on how the health care system is working including research on quality, cost, access, use of services, and health care outcomes. AHRQ has a variety of resources for consumers including "Be Informed; Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before You Have Surgery" and "Pain Control After Surgery: A Patient's Guide." These documents may be viewed at

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is a professional group of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient. The ASA has prepared several patient education brochures on how to prepare for outpatient surgery, anesthesia, and pain management. These guides can been found at

The American Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) is a professional group of registered nurses that provide support to patients during surgery. They have developed a consumer brochure called "Surgery Center: A Patient's Place." The information can be viewed at

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is an organization for surgeons with a mission of improving the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. The ACS has developed a guide called "When You Need an Operation" that contains information on frequently asked questions about surgery. The guide can be found at

The National Eye Institute has developed a consumer brochure to assist you in discussing your eye procedure prior to surgery. This guide, "Talking to Your Doctor" can be found at

The Federated Ambulatory Surgery Association (FASA) is a nonprofit association representing the interests of ambulatory surgery centers throughout the nation. FASA represents all aspects of the industry including the physicians, nurses, administrative staff, and owners. FASA produces a brochure that addresses frequently asked questions about ambulatory surgery centers. The brochure can be found at

The American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (AAASC) is a physician led organization dedicated to advancing high quality, patient-centered care in ambulatory surgical facilities. AAASC primarily serves physician-owned ambulatory surgery centers and, to a lesser degree, ambulatory surgery facilities that are not physician owned. For more information on the AAASC, click on

American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAASF) is an organization that accredits ambulatory surgery facilities. Accreditation consists of a three-fold review that includes a site visit, a panel assessment of site visit findings, and successful participation in a peer review/quality assurance program. For more information on the AAASF, click on

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is an organization involved with ambulatory health care accreditation and serves as an advocate for the provision and documentation of high quality health services in ambulatory health care organizations. For more information on the AAAHC, click on