In May 2001, the Joint Commission announced four initial core measurement areas for hospitals, which included pneumonia (PN). The Joint Commission collaborates with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as well as the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the American Society of Emergency Room Physicians (AQSEP), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with respect to the performance measures for patients with pneumonia.
In addition, The Joint Commission and CMS are advised on the pneumonia measures by a technical expert panel (TEP). These groups have provided hours of technical expertise and resources to ensure the pneumonia measures are fully supported by evidence-based research. Currently there are 5 measures in the PN measure set.
The PN measures can be found in the Specification Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures. Submit your questions about PN measure specifications to the Performance Measurement Network Q&A Forum.