Disc Sports annd Spine Center Awarded AAAHC Reaccreditation
Found Substantially Compliant in All Areas; Receives Maximum Allotted Accreditation

Marina del Rey, CA (MMD Newswire) December 13, 2012 -- Fulfilling its commitment to excellence in patient care, DISC Sports & Spine Center (DISC) has achieved reaccreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) for both its Marina del Rey and Newport Beach ambulatory surgery centers. This latest accreditation, extended for another three-year period, demonstrates that DISC's surgery centers continue to provide the highest quality of standards and care as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means DISC has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. While more than 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC, the screening is entirely voluntary. Many ambulatory surgery centers do not even apply, and of those who choose to undergo the rigorous on-site survey process, not all are granted accreditation. DISC not only met the AAAHC's high standards, but was also found substantially compliant across all measured areas.

"Since opening the doors of our first center in 2006, the DISC team has chosen to hold itself to the highest standards for delivering patient care," said founder and pioneering neurosurgeon Robert S. Bray, Jr., M.D. "We've taken steps beyond what's required of ASCs to elevate our care across safety, quality, infection control, nursing protocols and post-operative education, just to name a few."

As a result, DISC has achieved a zero MRSA infection rate, a far better outcome than the national average for hospital surgeries. Research has linked surgical-site infections (SSIs) with 8,000 deaths in U.S. annually (Journal for Healthcare Quality). Research also suggests that SSIs occur in 4% to 25% of major surgery cases and cost the U.S. health care system about $10 billion per year (Clark, HealthLeaders Media, 3/20).

The AAAHC accreditation process involves an extensive assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors - physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

Added Bray: "This external oversight validates our effort and helps ensure that we continue to strive for excellence. While certainly a great achievement, we see our AAAHC accreditation as just one important step in an ongoing effort to raise the bar on patient care. The work hardly stops here."

DISC, in fact, recently embarked on a Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP), a level of reporting actually required of hospitals, not ASCs. As a result of the SCIP findings, DISC has implemented additional quality control tactics designed to further elevate standards. For information on these measures, visit: http://discmdgroup.com/infection-control/

About DISC Sports & Spine Center

As the official medical services provider for Red Bull's North American athletes, DISC Sports & Spine Center (DISC) is one of America's foremost providers of minimally invasive spine procedures and advanced arthroscopic techniques. Dr. Robert S. Bray, Jr. founded DISC with the vision of delivering an unparalleled patient experience for those suffering from sports injuries, orthopedic issues and spine disorders. DISC's individually picked, highly specialized physicians apply both established and innovative solutions to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate their patients in a one-stop, multi-disciplinary setting. With a wide range of specialists under one roof, the result is an unmatched continuity of care with more efficiency, less stress for the patient and a zero MRSA infection rate. DISC's ambulatory surgery centers include Diagnostic and Interventional Surgical Center and DISC Surgery Center at Newport Beach. For more information, contact DISC at 866.481.DISC or visit www.discmdgroup.com.

About AAAHC

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 5,000 organizations accredited nationwide. AAAHC accredits a variety of organizations including, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, student health centers, military health care clinics, and large medical and dental practices. AAAHC serves as an advocate for the provision of high-quality health care through the development of nationally recognized standards and through its survey and accreditation programs. AAAHC accreditation is recognized as a symbol of quality by third-party payers, medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public.

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