Our Surgical Center
The Center for Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery
Dr. Jensen and the operating room staff perform most surgical procedures at the Center for Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery, this plastic surgery facility is fully accredited by the State of Oregon and is Medicare licensed. All anesthesiologists are certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology with training and certification in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS).
Dr. Jensen’s primary mission is to ensure the highest quality patient care in the ambulatory surgery setting.
These days, there is more to having surgery than just selecting your surgeon.
The Center for Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery is located at 1353 East McAndrews Road in Medford, Oregon. It is a freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center, built in 1994 to meet State & Federal guidelines for Surgery Center Certification.
The State of Oregon and Medicare have designed an accrediting program to help provide patients with the assurance of safety and quality in all aspects of their outpatient surgery experience. To achieve this goal, every State-accredited ambulatory surgery facility must meet stringent national standards for equipment, operating safety, personnel and surgeon credentials. The inspectors for the State of Oregon know that maintaining safety and quality in the ambulatory surgery facility is a dynamic process, requiring constant review and revision of standards to reflect the current state-of-the-art. As the leading accrediting organization, Medicare has developed the systems to effectively monitor and implement the latest advances in outpatient care delivery-advances that directly benefit patients. Our Medford cosmetic surgery facility meets all of the Medicare standards.
State certification and Medicare Licensure has been recognized as the “gold standard.”
The vast majority of ambulatory surgery facilities are unaccredited, operating independent of any peer review and inspection process. A growing number of states throughout the country, however, are recognizing the need for mandatory accreditation. The State of Oregon is in the forefront of legislative efforts to provide patients with safety and quality assurance in the outpatient surgery setting.
The majority of private insurance carriers recognize accreditation by Medicare for reimbursement of covered procedures.
State-accredited facilities must meet stringent requirements.
All State-certified facilities must:
- Comply with applicable local, state, and federal regulations including fire safety, sanitation and building codes for the protection of patients and medical personnel.
- Adhere to federal laws and regulations affecting their operation such as OSHA blood-borne pathogens standards, hazardous waste standards, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Utilize advanced instruments and monitoring devices for patient safety during surgery and in the recovery period.
- Allow surgery to be performed only by qualified surgeons who have privileges to perform the same surgical procedures in an accredited hospital and have admitting privileges. Surgeons must meet the standards, such as peer-review and continuing medical education, required for operating in an accredited hospital. Surgeons must be certified (or eligible for certification) in surgical specialties recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
- Provide for the administration of general anesthesia, when appropriate, by a board-certified or board-eligible anesthesiologist or a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Other personnel assisting in surgery and providing care for the patient in the recovery room include specially trained and certified surgical technicians, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses.
Dr. Jensen is committed to quality assurance and peer-review.
The State of Oregon rigorously inspects and evaluates each facility seeking accreditation to ensure that it meets the highest standards. After accreditation is achieved, Medicare requires recurrent in-house evaluations to identify any areas that may need improvement. Every three years, a trained State representative performs a formal site inspection.
State-accredited facilities are continually monitored and improved through the analysis of individual facility performance compared to established standards.
State accreditation is available for three classes of ambulatory facilities.
The class designation is based on the type of anesthesia administered in the facility and the corresponding standards necessary to ensure patient safety.
CLASS A FACILITIES
All surgical procedures are performed under local or topical anesthesia.
CLASS B FACILITIES
Surgical procedures are performed as described for Class A, and/or intravenous or parenteral sedation, regional anesthesia, analgesia or dissociative drugs.
CLASS C FACILITIES
Surgical procedures are performed as described for Classes A and B, and/or Endotracheal or laryngeal mask intubation or inhalation anesthesia, spinal and epidural (includes nitrous oxide), administered by an anesthesiologist or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
State accreditation and Medicare Licensure is today’s best assurance of safety, quality and efficiency.
Studies have demonstrated that, typically, the cost of a patient for a procedure performed in an accredited ambulatory surgery facility is only one-third to one-half of the cost for the same procedure performed in a hospital. But this is only part of the story. One of the factors contributing to lower cost is the outstanding safety record of accredited ambulatory facilities. It has been shown that the incidence of complications in an accredited outpatient facility is comparable to that of a hospital-based ambulatory surgery facility. Safety plus low cost make the accredited ambulatory surgery facility an attractive option.
The bottom line is that State accreditation is today’s best assurance of safety, quality and efficiency in the outpatient surgery environment. It is a program that has achieved wide recognition from the medical community, state legislatures, state and national health care agencies, insurance companies and patients. So, for your plastic surgery in the Southern Oregon area, you should be sure that the surgery center where your procedure will be performed is State certified.