CALS survey postponed until March or April
The Consolidated Accreditation and Licensure Survey (CALS) at Stanford University Hospital and clinics that was anticipated for February has been postponed until March or, more likely, April, said Rebecca Partridge, director of accreditation and regulatory affairs.

For the first time in more than a decade, the clinics will be included in the survey.

The CALS team consists of the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the California Department of Health Services (DHS) and the California Medical Association (CMA).

The teams, which typically schedule accreditation visits at three-year intervals, evaluate the institution's compliance with state laws and regulations, as well as against standards for organizational performance and patient care.

The visit was first slated for last summer but then postponed because it would have occurred during final merger preparations.

Partridge noted that each of the four hospitals operated by UCSF Stanford Health Care are due to to have a CALS visit during 1998. Each hospital will be surveyed separately on different dates during the year.

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