Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

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A nonprofit organization sponsored by the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, and specialist associations of physicians and others that sets and maintains standards of care in American health care institutions, periodically inspecting each to ensure that standards are upheld. The organization began in 1951 as an oversight body to monitor quality of care in American hospitals and has extended its range to cover ambulatory care, health maintenance organizations, and the like, although as yet not significantly to public health agencies. See http://www.jcaho.org/ for details.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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