Volume 9 | No. 6 | November / December 2021 query_builder 1 minute

Important information for podiatric registrants—podiatric surgeon procedures list is now on the College website

Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program update

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The Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program (NHMSFAP) Committee has approved a podiatric surgeon procedures list which outlines the setting (office vs. accredited facility), imaging (yes/no) and room type (procedure room +/- imaging, operating room) requirements for a wide variety of foot and ankle procedures.

The development of podiatric surgeon procedure list began with identifying the types of procedures currently being performed by podiatric surgeons using the podiatric surgeons survey procedures list circulated in the summer of 2020 and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine’s A Guide to Credentialing and Privileging of Doctors of Podiatric Medicine. In November 2020, a survey listing 131 foot and ankle procedures was posted for a 90-day consultation period, which was completed by 42 podiatric surgeons and 33 orthopedic surgeons.

Subsequently, an advisory committee comprised of two podiatric surgeons and one orthopedic surgeon was convened to provide recommendations on any areas where there was less than 60 per cent agreement by all survey respondents. And finally, together with the stakeholder consultation results and the advisory committee recommendations, the podiatric surgeon procedures setting, imaging and room size requirements list was brought forward to the NHMSFAP Committee for its review and approval.

The NHMSFAP is committed to ensuring that all accredited facilities meet the accreditation standards to ensure safe and quality care, and thanks of those who contributed to the development of this important work.

Note: Effective October 1, 2021, podiatric registrants may only perform procedures requiring an accredited facility if they have been granted privileges to continue performing these procedures in an accredited non-hospital facility or a podiatric surgery facility that has been granted as a provisional accreditation applicant.