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ABSTRACT

This article reviews the history and structure of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). With particular focus on the Licensed Independent Practitioner, it reviews the significant content of the 1996 JCAHO Medical Staff Standards. A plan of action is proposed that supports the development of professional staff bylaws that accurately reflect CNM education and licensure and that provide access to the same system of due process available to physicians and dentists.