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The Chesnut Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery is a state of the art, accredited ambulatory surgical center with an expertise and specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures of the face and skin.

Surgery at an Accredited Facility

An accredited facility is one that must meet strict national standards for equipment, operating room safety, protocols, sterilization, personnel and surgeon credentials.

This is in contrast to minor surgery in a clinic setting, which has no such standards.

Room where Dr. Chestnut performs plastic surgery

The Advantages of Accredited Facilities

Surgery performed by our board-certified surgeons in our accredited ambulatory surgical facilities yields an impeccable safety record, superior to both hospital and clinic surgical settings. 

Accredited ambulatory facilities have been documented, through research and the compilation of required reporting, to have:

  • An extremely low rate of overall complications
  • The lowest rate of infections
  • The best patient and surgical outcomes

Requirements for accreditation include

  • At least one of the staff members providing care certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) – CICRS most often has 4 to 5 ACLS and pediatric advanced cardiac life support (PALS) providers on-site 
  • Necessary equipment and medication to handle any complications on-site
  • An emergency plan defined and ready to be implemented should any complication arise
  • Compliance with state licensure laws
  • Defined governing body and management with mandatory meetings and documentation
  • Quality assessment and performance improvement projects
  • Physical facility standards and maintenance 
  • Staff education and credentialing
  • Director of nursing
  • Medical records
  • Pharmaceutical services and protocols
  • Laboratory and radiology services
  • Patient rights
  • Patient assessment, admission and discharge
  • Strict infection control protocols

Thankfully, many procedures can be performed with local anesthesia and no need for sedation or general anesthesia. The above ASC advantages and requirements lead to even better outcomes and patient safety in those situations – such as a skin cancer reconstruction after Mohs micrographic surgery. 

Accredited Facilities: A Consumer Guide

CICRS is accredited by both Medicare and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). In general, accreditation requires a facility to:

  • Allow surgery to be performed only by an board-certified surgeon
  • Maintain a staff of certified surgical technicians, registered nurses or licensed practical nurses who are trained in ACLS and to recognize the signs of cardiac or respiratory distress
  • Adhere to all local, state and national regulations including sanitation, fire safety and building codes
  • Adhere to all federal laws and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations including blood-borne pathogen and hazardous waste standards
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When anesthesia is necessary

  • Provide anesthesia by a board-certified or board-eligible anesthesiologist or certified nurse anesthetist
  • Use and practice advanced monitoring for patient safety during surgery and immediate recovery

FAQ

Why am I receiving two billing statements?

When your procedure is performed in an accredited ambulatory surgical center, the facility itself bills for part of the procedure performed within it. The surgeon’s professional fees are reduced in that case as compared to a clinic setting, and those fees are billed separately by the surgeon.

Why was my procedure performed in an ASC?

Surgeons assess the surgical situation, and in many cases of reconstructive surgery of the face and eyelids, the advantages laid out above of improved outcomes, lowest infection rates and lowest risk for complications become especially important in those sensitive areas.

Does my insurance cover procedures in an ASC?

Procedures performed in ASC are generally a large cost savings for both insurances and for patients. This is especially true when compared to similar procedures performed in a hospital setting, and true over most clinical settings when the cost of managing associated complications is factored in. Complications can happen anywhere, but the significantly reduced rates in an ASC create a long-term time and cost savings. Coverage, deductibles, and out of pocket costs are determined by your individual plan; we encourage you to reach out to your health insurance to help define your benefits if you have questions.

Who do I contact with billing questions?

Emerald NW Billing
PO Box 731821 Puyallup, WA 98373
PH: 509-655-9102

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