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October 20, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(8):761-762. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670250053015

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At its annual meeting in September, the House of Delegates of the American Hospital Association approved the plan to establish a Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals. The American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Surgeons, having agreed to the proposal in earlier meetings, the commission will now be set up with the support and cooperation of the four organizations. The establishment of the Joint Commission will mark the culmination of a year of negotiation, during which the Commission encountered discouraging problems. That the plan has become a reality is a testimonial to those men representing the medical profession and the field of hospital administration who sat through long hours of discussion and debate to reach agreement on points that had seemed to be irreconcilable.

The commission will be the final authority for the accreditation of hospitals, carrying out the standardization program previously

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