Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Manhattan's new office surgery rules causing surgeons headaches
New York doctor comrades, I feel your pain!
On July 14, all medical offices in New York performing surgery requiring anything other then local anesthesia will have to be accredited by one of the major ambulatory surgery regulatory boards. While this is imminently logical, it does create special problems in an older city like New York with mostly preexisting structures and high real estate costs. Many physicians are scrambling to find places that can be brought up to code when they get the sticker shock for potential remodeling costs, assuming their current space can meet code at all (which may not be possible in some buildings). Click here to read a feature on this in the NY Times.
Having just finished the build out of an office surgery suite in a blank shell, the easiest way to incorporate the special design needs of a modern O.R., I can attest to the fact of how complex it is. Out of the 4000+ sqf we have in our build out, almost 50% is just to accommodate the workings of a single O.R. Imagine trying to renovate a prewar building in Manhattan, many of which also have co-op boards to deal with as well.
Despite the headaches, it is a good move by New York to require this. Office O.R.'s and the doctor's who use them need closer scrutiny!