The stroke (STK) measures were developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA)/Brain Attack Coalition (BAC) for use by Disease-Specific Care (DSC)-certified primary stroke centers. The development process was guided by the expertise and advice provided by the Disease-Specific Care Stroke Advisory Panel followed by harmonization of the measure specifications with data elements contained in the AHA Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG)-Stroke patient management tool and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry (PCNASR). Eight of the ten measures in the stroke set were endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) in July, 2008 and aligned with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The STK measure set was approved as a core measure set for use in the Joint Commission’s ORYX program, and available for selection by hospitals to meet their four core measure set accreditation requirement effective May 1, 2009, dependent upon vendor support of this measure set.
The STK measures can be found in the Specification Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures. Submit your questions about STK measure specifications to the Performance Measurement Network Q&A Forum.