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The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. was established in 1980 to develop an accreditation program to standardize and improve the quality of medical and surgical care in ambulatory surgery facilities while assuring the public of high standards for patient care and safety in an accredited facility.

Today more than 2000 ambulatory surgery facilities are accredited by AAAASF, the largest not-for-profit accrediting organization in the United States. Many more facilities are in process for accreditation. These numbers have increased dramatically over the last two years. Surgeons, legislators, state and national health agencies and patients acknowledge that AAAASF stands alone as the program setting the “Gold Standard” for quality patient care.

The vast majority of ambulatory surgery facilities are still unaccredited, operating independent of any peer review and inspection process. A growing number of states and specialty societies, however, are recognizing the need for mandatory accreditation. AAAASF has been and continues to be in the forefront of these legislative efforts.

n 1996, California became the first state to mandate accreditation for all outpatient facilities that administer sedation or general anesthesia. AAAASF was instrumental in the development of the California legislation (AB 595) as well as subsequent laws and regulations in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and many other states. AAAASF accreditation has been approved by some State Departments of Health in lieu of State Licensure.

Many private insurance carriers recognize accreditation by AAAASF for reimbursement of covered procedures. For those insurance carriers that require Medicare certification, AAAASF has a separate program to evaluate and approve facilities for certification by Medicare, using the same peer inspection process that is used for regular accreditation.


The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1979. We are the leader in developing standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care, and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation processes, education, and research. A certificate of accreditation is awarded to organizations that are found to be in compliance with AAAHC Standards.

AAAHC currently accredits more than 5,000 organizations in a wide variety of ambulatory health care settings including ambulatory surgery centers, community health centers, medical and dental group practices, medical home practices, and managed care organizations, as well as Indian and student health centers, among others. We are also the official accrediting organization for the US Air Force and the US Coast Guard. With a single focus on the ambulatory care community, AAAHC offers organizations a cost-effective, flexible, and collaborative approach to accreditation.


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– Emergency Medical Services (EMS) coursework, continuing education, and training opportunities right at your fingertips
– A convenient directory that outlines resources available in the region for current and prospective EMS and other pre-hospital care providers
– Course and training providers a tool to easily post and promote upcoming courses

**Helping you:**

– Learn how to become certified and stay certified as an EMT or a pre-hospital care provider in New York State

– Identify New York State EMT requirements

– Locate continuing medical education (CME) courses for health care providers in pre-hospital and hospital settings find emergency medical service (EMS) training programs

– Post courses and training schedules if you are a provider of continuing education.


NYDAA is the professional organization in New York State, Representing ALL dental assistants.

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The New York Association for Ambulatory Care (NYAAC) is a voluntary, nonprofit organization of professionals from various disciplines who have a strong professional commitment to the delivery of ambulatory health care services in its various settings and have a responsibility to the people served in these different health care environments. The commonality of the membership centers on the issues that arise from the delivery of ambulatory care services. Members are employed in the health care industry in various facilities, organizations, companies, and private and governmental agencies, the majority of which are located in the metropolitan New York City area.

Formed in 1966, NYAAC is an organization which fosters professional collegiality among its members through a series of programs featuring speakers whose presentations cover key health care issues. Along with its newsletter and a developing website, NYAAC offers its members a forum to enhance their knowledge and skills, to network, to share ideas, and to stay current in an ever-changing environment.


The mission of the New York State Ophthalmological Society is to associate and affiliate into one organization all reputable Doctors of Medicine and Osteopathy licensed to practice in the State of New York and engaged in the practice of Ophthalmology to:

– Promote the preservation of vision and the prevention of blindness by educating the public concerning the eye, its dysfunction and diseases;
– Promote the effective utilization of the scientific knowledge and medical capabilities of ophthalmology together with those of other related branches of medicine for the benefit of the public;
– Make studies, reports and recommendations on any matter in question involving the socioeconomic interest of ophthalmologists and to present such studies, reports and recommendations together with resolutions and opinions of its members to any person, body or agency, governmental or private, whose action or decisions may affect the interests of physicians or the practice of ophthalmology;
– Collaborate with medical specialty associations and organizations in addressing issues and concerns that affect the overall practice of medicine and ophthalmology;
– Disseminate information concerning the practice of ophthalmology and to inform and educate practitioners of general medicine, other medical specialties, residents, interns and medical students as to the unique scientific and medical capabilities of ophthalmology; and
– Initiate, coordinate and promote meetings of educational and academic interest to ophthalmologists, their staffs, and the general public.


NYSSA is a medical specialty society, dedicated to providing continuing medical education to its members and advancing the practice of anesthesiology. We are a component society of The American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc. (ASA). To be eligible for membership, your principal professional activity must be in New York State.

By becoming an NYSSA member, you join a community of approximately 3,000+ New York State anesthesiologists and more than 35,000 anesthesiologists nationwide. They advocate on behalf of both patients and physicians in formulating standards and guidelines, to advance the practice of anesthesiology. Together, NYSSA members provide a powerful and effective voice for our specialty, both in New York State and nationally.



The New York State Veterinary Medical Society is poised to lead the veterinarians of New York State in education, advancement and protection of animal well being, public health and the practice of veterinary medicine.

For nearly 125 years, the NYSVMS has been the resource for New York State’s veterinarians.


The New York State Osteopathic Medical Society is the only professional society in the state that represents the interests of osteopathic physicians. The organization continues to change and offer advanced membership services. We are your voice in Albany, recent activities include:

– Keep fighting for tort reform, and keep defeating regressive liability proposals.
– Strengthen the new managed care law.
– Tackle tough public health issues, such as new HIV testing rules.
– Work for physicians to have the right of collective negotiations.
– And much more.


Welcome to the website of the Westchester County Medical Society (WCMS), of New York, the leading advocate for all Westchester physicians and the patients they serve.

Since 1797, the WCMS has dedicated itself to “improvements in the healing arts as well as the general good of mankind.” Specifically, the Society is committed to:

– The advancement of medical science in Westchester County.
– The improvement of the quality of medical service among the practitioners and hospitals of the County.
– The protection and improvement of the public health.
– The establishment and enforcement of the highest standards of medical competency and character among the physicians of the County.
– The proper and ethical education of the public in matters of medicine and public health.
– The promotion and protection of the rightful and desirable interests of the medical profession, individually and collectively, in Westchester County in accordance with the laws of the State of New York.


The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals. AHIMA’s more than 71,000 members are dedicated to the effective management of personal health information required to deliver quality healthcare to the public. Founded in 1928 to improve the quality of medical records, AHIMA is committed to advancing the HIM profession in an increasingly electronic and global environment through leadership in advocacy, education, certification, and lifelong learning.

Quality information is essential to all aspects of today’s healthcare system. Health information management (HIM) is the body of knowledge and practice that ensures the availability of health information to facilitate real-time healthcare delivery and critical health-related decision making for multiple purposes across diverse organizations, settings, and disciplines.


Founded in 1951, the purpose of Nursing Students’ Association of New York State (NSANYS) is to aid in the transition from undergraduate student nurses to the professional world. Our goal is to help mold the future of nursing by first developing accountable, responsible and motivated leaders; only through involvement can we create change…and this change can start with you.


The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is a voluntary national membership association of professional nurses who are committed to the excellence of emergency care. ENA serves its members by achieving the following aims:

– To be the definitive authority on emergency nursing.
– To define the standards of excellence for emergency nursing.
– To promote the specialty of emergency nursing.
– To promote quality emergency care through continuing education activities.
– To be the resource for emergency nursing practice, professionalism, education, research, and consultation.
– To identify and address emergency care issues.
– To work collaboratively with other health-related organizations toward the improvement of emergency care.
– To affirm the ENA Code of Ethics.


The Veterinary Medical Association of New York City (VMA of NYC), Inc., was founded in 1894, and is one of the oldest local veterinary societies in the United States. It was established “to improve and advance the education of veterinarians and the science of veterinary medicine; to foster and maintain high standards of integrity, honor, courtesy, and ethics within the profession; to foster protection of the public health; and enlighten and inform the public in regard to veterinary medicine, science, knowledge and avoidance of cruelty to animals, wherein it affects the public good and welfare.”

Member veterinarians of the VMA of NYC are general practitioners and specialists. They work in large and small private practices, large specialty and referral centers, New York City Government, humane societies, New York City zoos and animal shelters.

The VMA of NYC meets every month of the year except July and August. The Executive Board meets in the afternoon, followed by a general membership meeting in the evening. At these meetings, issues affecting New York City veterinarians and animal welfare are discussed in detail. The general membership meeting in the evening is followed by a scientific lecture providing the New York City veterinary community with information about the latest developments in veterinary medicine. The VMA of NYC also publishes a quarterly newsletter for its members, The New York City Veterinarian.

In 1938, the VMA of NYC affiliated with the New York State Veterinary Medical Society (NYSVMS), which is made up of twelve regional veterinary associations throughout New York State and represents more than 3,500 veterinarians registered to practice in New York State.

The NYSVMS was founded in 1890 and its leaders were the pioneers of modern veterinary medicine. They were instrumental in introducing a practice act for veterinary medicine into law in 1895 when veterinarians joined physicians as one of the first licensed professions in New York State.

The NYSVMS promotes the practice of veterinary medicine, animal well-being, and public health, and offers a broad scope of programs and services to keep veterinarians and the public informed about issues, laws and regulations affecting veterinary practice.

As a result of the excellence of its educational programs, publications and legislative efforts, the NYSVMS has become a recognized and influential voice for veterinarians on the national level, and before the New York State Legislature and regulatory agencies.

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The New York Black Nurses Association is a professional organization of African American nurses in the New York City area. New York Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NYBNA) was founded in 1971 by the following visionary nurses: Dr. Allisan Bennett, Charles Hargett, Phyllis Jenkins, Beverly James, Sylvia Jones, Dr. Janice Ruffin and Andre Vialet in response to the growing concern for the health status of the African American. These men and women of vision realized that black nurses had the responsibility of attempting to change the status of health and health care within the Black communities of NYC. When the National Black Nurses Association was later founded, NYBNA became one of its first chapters. The New York Black Nurses Association extends membership to all nurses both RN and LPN and also to nursing students.

Following the leadership of its first president, Charles Hargett, NYBNA continues to offer educational programs at its regular meetings and at special forums. Presenters have included noted practitioners from the field of education, nursing medicine, social services, mental health, politics, finance and administration. NYBNA has collaborations with Helene Fuld College of Nursing, NYU division of Nursing, Lehman college Department of Nursing, Hillcrest and Jane Addams Vocational High School Health Careers Program, as well as NYC Board of Education and Continuing Education Programs. Scholarships are awarded to nursing students through the Vivian Leslie Memorial Scholarship Fund. Vivian Leslie was the fourth president of the NYBNA. A bi-annual Leadership in Practice award is made to a practicing nurse in memory of Maggie Jacobs. Maggie Jacobs, who was a member of NYBNA amongst many other organizations, was also an advocate and educator. With her persistence and hard work, she targeted issues surrounding nursing as well as health care in the community and even globally. Maggie Jacobs’s commitment to nursing was commemorated by the New York State Nurses Association with their highest accolade “Honorary Recognition- for distinguished service to the nursing profession”

NYBNA participates in campaigns for social justice and healthcare issues. Extensive community outreach, health/safety teachings, illness screening and referrals have been made in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association; American Cancer Association; American Red Cross Disaster Health; Mental Health Association of New York City; Link to Life Bone Marrow Registry; John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Anhauser-Busch Community Health Mobile; Bronx Community Board #3; Greater Harlem Nursing; Caribbean American Nurses Association; Queens County Black Nurses Association; Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Kappa Eta/Theta Chi Chapters; NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; St. Matthews Roman Catholic Church; Springfield Garden United Methodist Church; Christian Parish of Spiritual Renewal; United Federation of Teachers, African American Health Committee; Injury Prevention Program at Lincoln Medical Health Center; African American Parade Committee, Hispanic Federation, NYC Parks Department, District 37, Quality Work Life.

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