Office-Based Surgery Laws

Some states impose facility and/or operational requirements on non-hospital facilities that provide office-based surgery, procedures and/or anesthesia/sedation (OBS) laws. OBS laws may regulate various aspects of facilities’ physical environment and operations (e.g., must the facility be licensed, have nursing staff, or have recovery rooms). Further, these laws are often triggered by the use of anesthesia/sedation, and/or by the performance of particular types of medical interventions. This dataset complements three datasets that compiled Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider (TRAP) laws: Abortion Facility Licensing (AFL) Requirements, Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Requirements, and Hospitalization Requirements (HR).

This page identifies variation in states that have OBS requirements in effect as of August 1, 2016.

Using the Filter tab, users can answer multiple questions to show all the jurisdictions that meet the combined criteria.

Using the Explore tab, users can select one question at a time to see all the answers to that question across all jurisdictions.

In the map display, jurisdictions that meet the selected criteria will be illuminated on the map, and also in table format below.

​In the profiles display, jurisdictions that meet the selected criteria will appear in text-based format.

These datasets were created by a team from the Policy Surveillance Program, Andrew Campbell, JD, Lindsay Cloud, JD, and Adrienne Ghorashi, JD, working with subject matter experts, Bonnie Scott Jones, JD, and Sara Daniel, MPH, of Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health Care (ANSIRH), who conceptualized and designed the study.

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