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June 26, 1991

Periodic Physician Recredentialing

Author Affiliations

Medical Society of the State of New York Albany

Medical Society of the State of New York Albany

JAMA. 1991;265(24):3244. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460240040009

To the Editor.—  Gellhorn's Special Communication, "Periodic Physician Recredentialing,"1 deserves lengthy discussion, which cannot be accomplished in a letter. However, we would like to make the following comments:Governor Mario Cuomo's recommendation for periodic physician recredentialing is driven by a statement made earlier by the chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents that "there are many bad doctors out there." We agree that there are some "bad doctors," but we find no data to support the rate of 10% or more as some claim (eg, the Harvard study2 identified an incidence of 1% of adverse events due to medical mismanagement). However, the commissioner of health concurred with the chancellor and proceeded to implement his unique notion of "recredentialing" by establishing the New York State Advisory Committee on Periodic Physician Recredentialing. Gellhorn failed to mention that the Medical Society of the State of New York was among