Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., said all 19 of the company's hospitals subjected to recent special inspections by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations will maintain their accredited status, although the JCAHO imposed some conditions. The JCAHO launched the special inspections following the disclosure of a federal investigation into allegations that two physicians at Tenet's 188-bed Redding (Calif.) Medical Center had performed unnecessary services. The JCAHO said each of the 19 hospitals now carries "accreditation with requirements for improvement." The surprise inspections were carried out between November 2002 and January, and the inspected hospitals are located in California, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Tenet was not told which hospitals would be inspected, the JCAHO said. -- by Vince Galloro
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