This is where the free market has work to do:
California is the only state with more than 1,000 surgery centers that has given private accreditors a lead role in oversight. Those accreditors are typically paid by the same centers they evaluate.
That approach to oversight has created a troubling legacy of laxity, an investigation by Kaiser Health News shows. In case after case, as federal or state authorities waved red flags, state-approved accreditation agencies affixed gold seals of approval, according to a KHN review of hundreds of pages of doctors’ disciplinary records, court files and accreditor reports — which are public only for California surgery centers.
Listen, we need to do better. We can’t let bogus 3rd parties, who are paid off by the people they work for, be in charge of giving out these golden seals of approval.
How do we fix this? Looking for your thoughts, Keith Smith MD.