What are the hallmarks of the highest quality bariatric surgery centers? In two words: accreditation and outcomes.
Many bariatric surgery centers are not accredited. Many have no verifiable proof of their patients’ results. Stony Brook, we are proud to say, has achieved both top-level national accreditation and has been recognized nationally for outstanding performance outcomes.
MBSAQIP Accredited Center
What Is Accreditation? National accreditation is an important way for patients to verify that a bariatric surgery center has the support and resources necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients, both pre- and post-operatively. The national accrediting organization for bariatric surgery centers is the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
Accreditation is awarded in several categories, each with its own criteria that must be met. Some facilities are accredited for only one type of procedure, for example. Others may be accredited only for adult surgeries. MBSAQIP has accredited Stony Brook at the highest possible level – “Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications.”
In other words, the Stony Brook bariatric surgery center is accredited at the highest level for the broadest range of patients and for all procedures available.
Meeting Rigorous Quality Standards. To achieve top-level accreditation, the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center at Stony Brook underwent a voluntary, rigorous, independent review process. It required extensive documentation of all aspects of its staffing, operations and processes, as well as a site visit conducted by an experienced, independent bariatric surgeon.
MBSAQIP requires proof of key physical resources (facilities and technologies), human resources (qualified, credentialed, multidisciplinary staff) and standards of practice. All must measure up to the performance requirements outlined by the MBSAQIP accreditation standards.
Verifiable Proof of Excellent Surgical Outcomes. High-quality surgery centers document their patient outcomes (results) using standard measures, and report the data to an independent outside organization. Lesser quality surgery centers make claims about their results that cannot be proven or verified.
Data registration not only promotes consistent national benchmarks for quality of care, but also supports quality improvement. Participating centers can compare their performance to their peers, and identify any needs for improvement.
Accredited bariatric surgery centers track their outcomes through the MBSAQIP Data Registry Platform. The types of statistics that are reported include any complications that occur during or after surgery, adherence to processes proven to improve outcomes, and success rates.
Quality Among the Best in the U.S. The Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center at Stony Brook is proud to say that we are ranked among the top bariatric centers nationally for bariatric surgery patient outcomes as reported to MBSAQIP.
Learn more about the national organization that oversees accreditation of bariatric surgery centers: the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
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Stony Brook Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center was named the Best Bariatric Practice on Long Island as part of the 18th annual Bethpage Best of LI competition (the largest business awards program in the history of Long Island). Stony Brook Medicine also took top honors in a variety of areas within the Health and Wellness category including Best Cardiologist, Best Maternity Ward (Stony Brook University Hospital), Best Midwives and Best Rheumatologist.