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December 11, 1972

Hospital Admission Surveillance Programs

Author Affiliations

American Health Systems, Inc. San Francisco

JAMA. 1972;222(11):1426. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210110060030

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To the Editor.—  I have received a copy of Dr. James Schubert's letter to you regarding the article "The Hospital Admission and Surveillance Program in Illinois," which appeared in the Sept 4 issue of The Journal. As a co-author, I regret not acknowledging the contribution of the Sacramento Medical Care Foundation in the development of hospital admissions and utilization programs. Dr. Schubert, Dr. James Bramham, Dr. John Babich, and others from Sacramento generously served as consultants in the implementation of Hospital Admission Surveillance Program (HASP), which profited immensely from their experience with the Sacramento Certified Hospital Admission Program (CHAP). I sincerely apologize to them for my oversight.While HASP owes an ancestral debt to CHAP, it is also significantly different in scope and procedure. For example, the long-term care and utilization committee-monitoring techniques are unique to Illinois. Unlike CHAP, HASP uses paramedics as well as registered nurses and does not