JOHN R. BALL, M.D., J.D.
The hallmark of any profession is the right—and the consequent responsibility—to establish and to enforce its own standards. Both the right and the responsibility of medicine are now at issue in the proposed revision of the Accreditation Manual for Hospitals of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH). Particularly at issue are the JCAH standards on the composition, structure, and functions of the hospital's medical staff. Perhaps no other topic in the past decade has been debated so acutely within the medical profession.
The JCAH was formed in 1951 by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American College
BALL JR. Standards Setting and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals: The Right and the Responsibility of Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:549–551. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-4-549
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(4):549-551.
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