In late 2007, The Joint Commission’s Board of Commissioners recommended retiring and replacing the Pregnancy and Related Conditions (PR) measure set with an expanded set of evidenced-based measures. A technical advisory panel (TAP) comprising experts in the perinatal care field was convened in February 2009 to select the replacement set of measures from among those endorsed for national use by the National Quality Forum. This expanded measure set, now referred to as the Perinatal Care (PC) measures is comprised of 5 measures. The measure maintenance process is guided by expertise and advice provided by the Perinatal Care Measure Maintenance Technical Advisory Panel.
Hospitals began collecting data for the PC measures beginning with April 1, 2010 discharges. All of the PC measures were re-endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) on March 30, 2012.
The PC measures can be found in the Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Core Measures, available on the Performance Measurement Network Q&A Forum site.
Resources which may be helpful to improve performance for the PC measures:
Submit your questions about PC measure specifications to the Performance Measurement Network Q&A Forum.