The Joint Commission has approved a set of standardized performance measures for Disease Specific Care Advanced Certification in Heart Failure (ACHF). These measures have been developed to better evaluate the care provided to the Heart Failure patient with an emphasis on transitions of care.
The ACHF measure set comprises six mandatory inpatient measures and seven optional outpatient measures to assist organizations with the care of the HF patient as they transition from inpatient to outpatient care. Although the seven outpatient measures are optional, organizations are strongly encouraged to collect data if the data are available and accessible to the organization.
Organizations will be required to implement specifications and collect data for the six new mandatory inpatient measures beginning with discharges on and after January 1, 2014. Organizations will also still be required to collect data for the three existing Heart Failure core measures currently required for certification. The links to the ACHF performance measure implementation guides are below: