States can impose additional legal requirements on office-based facilities where physicians perform surgical, or other invasive procedures, on patients. These legal requirements, known as office-based surgery (OBS) laws, can apply to the facilities where the procedures occur, as well as to the physicians performing the procedures. OBS laws regulate various aspects of facilities’ physical environment and operations (e.g., must the facility have nursing staff, recovery rooms, or an infection control policy). These legal requirements are often triggered by the use of anesthesia, or the performance of specific types of surgical procedures. This dataset compliments three datasets related to Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws: Abortion Facility Licensing (AFL) Requirements, Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Requirements, and Hospitalization Requirements (HR). Read more.
NAVIGATING THE DATA
There are two ways to navigate the data using the interactive map, (1) by selecting a state from the map or, (2) by selecting criteria that detail the characteristics of the laws.
Below is an explanation of interactive symbols that appear in the table once you select an option above: