In May 2001, the Joint Commission announced four initial core measurement areas for hospitals, which included acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and heart failure (HF). Simultaneously, the Joint Commission worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the AMI, and HF sets that were common to both organizations.
Changes coming effective 1/1/2015:
Effective 1/1/2015 CMS will no longer support the specifications for the measure HF-3. Therefore, the measure specifications have been removed from the aligned Specifications Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures. The Joint Commission will continue to require the HF-3 measure to be collected and the measure specifications are now located in the Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Core Measures. HF-2 measure specifications remain in the aligned Specifications Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures and should be submitted to The Joint Commission together with HF-3 as part of the HF core measure set.
Submit your questions about HF measure specifications to the Performance Measurement Network Q&A Forum.