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Opinions expressed throughout this site are not necessarily those of DecisionHealth. Mention of products and services does not constitute endorsement. Advice given is general, and users should consult professional counsel for specific legal, ethical, or clinical questions.


We do not intend to give legal advice, nor do we allege any legal expertise. Instead, we offer observations of legal-related areas so that users will be mindful of the need to consult attorneys who are experts in these matters. Note that many legal issues are based upon state - not federal - laws and are relatively esoteric. Users must be sure to consult attorneys who are familiar with the health laws of their states.

Products and Services

Throughout the site, we mention organizations, products, and services that might interest users. This does not signify our endorsement of them. The fact that a certain organization, product, or service is not listed on our site simply means that we are not aware of its existence. Please let us know of any missing products or services by e-mailing us.

The Joint Commission and Other Accreditors

The JCAHO is one of the preeminent organizations in health care quality, of which credentialing and privileging are important elements. One must be familiar with the JCAHO's standards and policies to fully understand and be effective in the credentialing and privileging of healthcare professionals.

An important point: We do not represent the JCAHO or any other accreditor. Statements such as "the JCAHO requires" are based on careful readings of the JCAHO standards, exposure to the JCAHO's surveyor training, and frequent observation of the JCAHO survey teams at work. We attempt to provide users with the best predictions and interpretations of current JCAHO requirements, but caution users that advice given is general, and users should consult professional counsel for specific instruction.

Federal and state law can differ from those of the JCAHO or other accrediting organizations. These requirements can be stated in licensing laws or regulations or in a contract or contract-like document (e.g., Medicare Conditions of Participation).

DecisionHealth is also not affiliated in any way with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, which owns the ACGME trademark.

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