HealthLeaders Media: Accreditation improves bariatric outcomes

An article in the February 6 HealthLeaders Media, “Better bariatric surgery outcomes depend on data, accreditation,” underscores the effectiveness of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), which has created a single accreditation process for bariatric centers. View the MBSAQIP website at In 2012, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) combined their bariatric programs to form MBSAQIP. This collaboration is establishing national standards for accreditation and quality improvement that require facilities to undergo a peer-evaluation process, follow data submission requirements, and demonstrate experience in managing bariatric surgery patients before, during, and after procedures to receive accreditation.

The article notes that accreditation has significantly reduced mortality rates from a bariatric operation, a “dangerous and potentially fatal procedure, requiring proper training and technical skill.” Today, nearly 750 inpatient and outpatient bariatric centers throughout the U.S. participate in the MBSAQIP, but 20 percent of the nation’s 900 bariatric surgery programs remain unaccredited. Access the HealthLeaders Media article online.

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