The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations will release this week a list of all 344 performance measurement systems that have been accepted for participation in the Oryx outcomes-based accreditation program. The move was in response to hospitals and vendors that had expressed interest.
The list shows how many hospital and long-term-care clients each system had as of May 8. Starting early next year, hospitals and long-term-care facilities are required to submit patient-care data to the Joint Commission as part of the accreditation process.
Under the Oryx initiative, providers must contract with a performance measurement system accepted by the Joint Commission.
The Maryland Hospital Association's Quality Indicator Project has the most clients-952. But 100 measurement systems have no clients formally registered.
Deborah Nadzam, vice president for performance measurement, cautioned that the number of clients alone should not be used to make a decision about a system. "All criteria are important, not just number of participants," she said.
Healthcare organizations were supposed to report their vendor selections by March 2. A number of other measurement systems have been accepted since then. The Joint Commission expects some organizations to change their vendor before the June 30 deadline.
After that date, changes in measurement system will be allowed only as exceptions to policy.