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December 11, 1972

Hospital Admission Surveillance Programs

JAMA. 1972;222(11):1426. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210110060027

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To the Editor.—  The physician members of the Board of Trustees of the Medical Care Foundation of Sacramento, Calif, a subsidiary organization of the Sacramento County Medical Society, officially wish to protest the appearance in the Journal of the American Medical Association (221: 1153, 1972), the article entitled "Hospital Surveillance Program in Illinois."Our protest centers about the following:

  1. The authors mislead the profession by implying that they created their program, although no references are made in the body of the article as to the origins of their program.

  2. The bibliography is quite incomplete including the reference supplied this letter. Several other programs modeled on our Sacramento Certified Hospital Admissions Program preexisted the program in Illinois.

The Sacramento program began in 1969 and has gained large recognition as an effective hospital utilization program. The program now operating in Illinois, as indicated, has its origins directly from our program.