Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) Alert

The Medical Board of California (Board) has been informed by the Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) that it will cease providing accreditation services for outpatient surgery settings as of July 31, 2020, at which time, IMQ will no longer be a Board approved accreditation agency. Consequently, it is imperative that your setting take immediate action to secure accreditation with one of the other Board approved agencies to avoid a lapse in operations and maintain compliance with the law.

According to Health and Safety Code 1248.55(c)(1) a setting shall be authorized to continue to operate for 12 months while seeking an alternative accreditation body. It is strongly suggested that if your setting has not yet started seeking another accreditation agency, that it do so with expediency as the accreditation process can be lengthy in nature. Further, the Board encourages you to check with medical insurance plans and your own liability insurance carriers regarding their requirements during this transitional period.

Please see the list of the four Board approved accreditation agencies listed below and consider changing to a new accreditation agency as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your outpatient surgery setting’s status or requirements, please contact Casey Triggs at casey.triggs@mbc.ca.gov or by phone at 916-561-8255.

Board Approved Accreditation Agencies

The Joint Commission The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)
The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) The Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems (HFAP)