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Performance Measures for Comprehensive Stroke Centers

July 12, 2012

Performance Measures

Comprehensive Stroke Centers must continue to meet the performance measure requirements for Primary Stroke Centers. Certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers will continue to collect data for the eight Joint Commission stroke core measures.  Monthly data points should be submitted every quarter through the Certification Measure Information Process (CMIP) available through The Joint Commission Connect™ Extranet site.

The stroke core (STK) measures can be found in the current version of the Specification Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures. For questions about stroke core measure specifications, please submit your question online.

New Measures

Comprehensive stroke (CSTK) performance measures are currently in development, and will be finalized in 2013.  A six-month pilot test of ten draft CSTK measures will be conducted beginning with discharges October 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.

The Joint Commission is seeking volunteer hospitals to pilot test draft CSTK performance measures. Learn more 
When finalized, the approved set of comprehensive stroke measures will be added to the certification requirements.  Currently certified comprehensive stroke centers and organizations seeking comprehensive stroke certification will be required to adopt these measures at that time, in addition to the eight stroke core measures

Certified organizations will have a minimum of six months between the announcement of the final measure set and the expectation that they will be collecting data for these measures. 

For additional information about comprehensive stroke or Disease-Specific Care Certification, please submit your question to



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