The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations said last week that it will make public the results of its opinion survey of hospitals that have tested three of the JCAHO's 10 sets of clinical indicators.
The indicators are part of the JCAHO's IMSystem, which seeks to collect, analyze and disseminate clinical outcome data from accredited hospitals. Use of the system tentatively is scheduled to become mandatory for accredited hospitals in 1997. Hospitals can participate in the program on a voluntary basis starting this year.
As of March 24, some 160 hospitals had signed up for voluntary testing.
Last May, the JCAHO released to state hospital associations the test results from hospitals that used its obstetrics and perioperative indicators (March 14, p. 30). The JCAHO hasn't released results from hospitals that used its trauma, oncology and cardiovascular indicators, but a JCAHO spokeswoman said they will be made available to interested hospitals when the results are final.