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December 19, 1959


JAMA. 1959;171(16):2247. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010340091026

REQUIREMENTS FOR ACCEPTING HOSPITALS FOR LISTING BY THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION  The primary aim of the program of accepting hospitals for listing is to provide a census of hospitals. Listing is not intended to be a measure of quality of care.Any institution which can be classified as a hospital, according to the requirements, may be listed if it so desires. Membership in the American Hospital Association is not a prerequisite.

  1. The hospital shall have at least six beds for the care of patients who are nonrelated, who are sick, and who stay on the average in excess of 24 hours per admission.

  2. The hospital shall be licensed in those states and provinces having licensing laws.

  3. Only doctors of medicine or doctors of osteopathy shall practice in hospitals listed by the American Hospital Association. (This requirement is not intended to eliminate dental and similar services from the

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