The Joint Commission is expanding both Oryx data submissions requirements and hospitals' ability for compliance by adding a new hospital outpatient measure set to its performance measurement mandates.
Beginning with Jan. 1, 2008 discharges, hospitals will be required to collect and submit data for a minimum of four core measure sets or a combination of applicable core measure sets and noncore measures. Facilities currently report on three sets chosen from a list of six.
Hospitals that want to use the new outpatient measure set to meet the criteria will have to confirm that intention on Jan. 1, but will not have to begin collecting data until April. In addition to the new outpatient measure set, which includes seven specific measures, hospitals may choose from other measure setsin acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia, pregnancy and related conditions, surgical conditions and childrens asthma care.
With the added measure set, hospitals have a greater ability to meet different measurement requirements with a minimized data collection effort, said Frank Zibrat, Oryxs associate director in accreditation and certification operations. Oryx core data can be given to the CMS to meet their submission requirements as well. -- by Jean DerGurahian
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