ARTICLE XV: Accredited Surgical Facilities
Section 1. Policy: By July 1, 2002 all Active Members and Candidates for Membership who perform plastic surgery under anesthesia, other than minor local anesthesia and/or minimal oral tranquilization, must perform all such plastic surgery in a surgical facility that meets at least one (1) of the following criteria: accredited by a national or state recognized accrediting agency/organization such as the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC), Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (CAAASF), or Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, certified to participate in the Medicare program under Title XVIII and/or licensed by the state in which the facility is located.
Compliance is a requirement of membership and each member shall annually sign and return to the Society a statement attesting to compliance.
Compliance shall be waived, upon request, for Active Members and Candidates for Membership serving in the military and those practicing outside of the United States and Canada. Surgery performed on an interim basis outside of the United States and Canada shall not be considered non-compliance.
Section 2. Sanctions: If a member of the Society or Candidate for Membership fails to satisfy the Society’s accredited surgical facilities requirements within sixty (60) days after such statement is due, the Membership Committee shall place the individual on probation and notify the Board of Directors. Such probation shall be for a period of one (1) year. Probationary status shall carry no penalty, but shall notify the member or Candidate for Membership that suspension or expulsion from the Society may follow if such non-compliance continues. If, during the member’s or Candidate for Membership’s probationary period, the individual complies with the Society’s accreditation of surgical facilities requirements, the Membership Committee shall terminate the probation. Should a member or Candidate for Membership fail to comply with the Society’s accredited surgical facilities requirements within one (1) year after being placed on probation, the Membership Committee shall suspend the Member or Candidate for Membership from membership in the Society, or as a Candidate for Membership. The Board of Directors shall be notified of such action. Suspension shall mean loss of the right to hold office, to vote, and to serve on committees, but it shall not affect the individual’s obligations. The Membership Committee shall reinstate members or Candidates for Membership who comply with the requirements during the period of their suspension with full privileges. Candidates for Membership who are under suspension shall not be considered for election to Active Membership.
Members or Candidates for Membership who fail to comply with the Society’s accredited surgical facilities requirements within one (1) year after the date of suspension shall be automatically dropped from membership in the Society, or from the category of Candidates for Membership.
Section 3. Reinstatement: After expulsion for one (1) year, a Member or Candidate for Membership may apply to the Trustees for reinstatement of the privileges of being a Member or Candidate for Membership provided the requirements of Section 1 of this article are met.
Section 4. No Limitation: The provisions of this section are in addition to, not in lieu of, those Articles of these Bylaws which pertain to discipline.