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Medical Staff Standard Revisions Need Scrutiny

Law360 (November 26, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (the "Joint Commission") approved major revisions to the Joint Commission's Medical Staff Standard 1.20 ("MS.1.20") at its meeting in June 2007.

These revisions contain performance elements to be addressed in medical staff bylaws, as well as elements that outline the relationship among the organized medical staff, the elected members of the medical staff executive committee and the hospital governing body.

The recent revisions to MS.1.20 have been roundly criticized by hospital attorneys, who...
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