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First-ever Spot Checks For Hospitals

When you walk into a hospital, you assume it meets certain standards. But what are they? And who's keeping track?

This year, for the first time, U.S. hospitals have been facing unannounced inspections by the major national standards body, the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

WBUR's health and science reporter Allan Coukell joined the JCAHO team this month when it visited Massachusetts General Hospital.

This program aired on December 20, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.

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