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September 4, 1972

The Hospital Admission and Surveillance Program in Illinois

Author Affiliations

From the Illinois Department of Public Health (Dr. Flashner and Ms. Reed), Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (Dr. Flashner), Illinois Medical Society (Mr. White), and American Health Systems and the Illinois Foundation for Medical Care (Mr. Norris), Springfield, Ill.

JAMA. 1972;221(10):1153-1158. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200230039010

Methods for establishing peer review and medical quality control are much discussed but rarely implemented programs. To a minor degree, partial programs have been established as experimental models. To date, there has not been a statewide program which encompasses peer review, medical review, monitoring and training of institutional utilization review committees, and an information system to ascertain the quality of care obtained by state medical assistance patients.

The Hospital Admission and Surveillance Program represents a method for fulfilling the requirements of two health interests. The medical profession retains its role in providing professional evaluation and medical review while the state monitors and more efficiently purchases care for the indigent.