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August 7, 1967

Open Controlled Staffs In Accredited Hospitals

Author Affiliations

Mobile, Ala
Asst Director Hospital Accreditation Program Chicago

JAMA. 1967;201(6):493. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130060167035

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To the Editor:—  To avoid pitfalls of misconception, and to prepare for anticipated changes, the following letter was addressed to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. We were much pleased with the content and spirit of their reply to a letter sent on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Medical Society of Mobile County, and think it deserves suitable presentation.The writer urges the Joint Commission Accreditation of Hospitals to exercise its jurisdictional powers toward sustaining open staffs. We have sustained several generations of local physicians enjoying multiple staff privileges. There has been evidence that inspectors and reports on inspections of the reviewing authorities look askance at this practice.Not only do we urge that this practice not be abolished, we even seek to remind those who seem not to be privileged in this respect that it has many measurable advantages, sustaining and improving the practice of