WILL COME FIRST. corporations will come AFTER us. we will get the education, health coverage, food and care WE need. the world WILL be a good place. well that is if the rapture doesn't happen FIRST
Hospitals' Watchdog Raises Violation Threshold
The private group that accredits institutions will permit more lapses before taking action.
By Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, Times Staff Writers April 6, 2006
The group that gives a seal of approval to the nation's hospitals — already accused of being too lenient — now will allow medical centers to rack up more patient care lapses and other violations before sanctioning them.The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations last month raised the number of deficiencies a hospital may accumulate during an inspection before being punished.Critics say that the new rules are a step back for the influential group and that it may be more eager to please hospitals than protect patients."I don't know how far below zero they intend to go," said Rep. Pete Stark (D-Fremont), who has called for more federal oversight of the commission. "They're not doing the job of making sure that hospitals are delivering quality, safe care."Commission accreditation is not purely symbolic; state regulators and private insurers consider it a key measure of a hospital's quality.............