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National Medical Examines Itself

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We read with interest "Migraines for National Medical" (The Corporation, Sept. 13). While under the law you are innocent until proven guilty, when you are on trial in the media, the mere announcement of an investigation wreaks tremendous damage.

Accordingly, we announced on Aug. 30 strong measures to eliminate any concerns about National Medical Enterprises' integrity and business practices. As part of a comprehensive program to restore confidence, we are appointing an independent task force, reporting directly to the ethics and quality assurance committee of the board of directors. Among other things, it will randomly test compliance with the company's policies on patient admission practices and patient referral.

We are also continuing and enhancing a program that establishes local governing boards in all hospitals, enhances quality management audits, and tightens billing and documentation procedures.

Much of the senior management team at NME is new, appointed within the past 90 days. Our highest priority is to restore, in all of our constituents, full confidence in this company, its 50,000 employees, and its dedicated medical staffs.

Jeffrey C. Barbakow,

Chairman & CEO

National Medical Enterprises Inc.

Santa Monica, Calif.

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