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Direct Data Submission Platform Overview

3 JAN 2022 last update

Section 8: Direct Data Submission Platform - Overview


8.1: What are the key benefits of using the DDSP?
Key benefits of the DDSP include:

  • 24/7 access during the submission period,
  • Easy to use data visuals,
  • Cloud-based Platform environment with fast file transfer,
  • Robust security and HIPAA compliance,
  • State of the art rules engine for eCQM data,
  • Transparency
  • Hospitals can see results and outcomes prior to the final submission step of submitting data to The Joint Commission.

8.2: Does the Joint Commission’s DDSP replace our EHR?
The DDSP does not replace the hospital’s ONC-ACB certified Healthcare Record (EHR) and/or Health Information Technology (HIT) vendor(s) being used to capture patient data and/or generate their QRDA I documents.

8.3: Does the Joint Commission’s DDSP replace the Joint Commission’s Connect website?
The Direct Data Submission Platform does not replace the Joint Commission Connect site.

"Joint Commission Connect" is a secure website portal used by The Joint Commission for accreditation/certification purposes and related survey activity.

The DDSP is a separate secure website specifically designed to support hospital's activities of submitting performance measurement data to The Joint Commission to meet ORYX reporting requirements.

8.4: Does the Joint Commission’s DDSP replace submissions of eCQMs or chart-abstracted data through CMS’ QualityNet Portal?
The DDSP does not replace chart-abstracted or eCQM data submission to CMS using the QualityNet secure portal. CMS' QualityNet is specifically for receiving the submission of eCQM and chart-abstracted data to CMS only. CMS' QualityNet portal does not share/send data to The Joint Commission for a hospital’s eCQM or chart-abstracted measures. The Joint Commission cannot provide QualityNet with Joint Commission data.

8.5: Does the Joint Commission’s DDSP replace the Certification Measurement Information Process (CMIP) for submission of certification data?
The DDSP does not replace CMIP. The DDSP is for submission of accreditation data. CMIP is for manually entering certification data.

8.6: What security measures are in place on the DDSP?
The Joint Commission has completed a rigorous evaluation process of the privacy and security components of the technology to ensure the DDSP meets privacy and security standards. Additional details regarding the compliance of the privacy and security standards is available in the Legal section of the DDSP.

8.7: As a user of the DDSP, what browser do I need?
Hospitals need to ensure they use a supported internet browser version to be able to use the DDSP.

The list of browser requirements will be forthcoming as the DDSP re-launches.

If you are not using one of the supported browser/versions on the computer(s) for use with the Joint Commission Direct Data Submission Platform, please work with your internal information systems staff to download or upgrade to one of the browser/versions listed. If you elect not to use a supported browser/version, you may not be able to log into the DDSP or use all of its functionality. Browsers should be configured to enable JavaScript.

8.8: What is the role of the Designated Contact for DDSP?
The Designated Contact is specific to the DDSP. They are the first person to log onto the DDSP for a given hospital. The Designated Contact is the hospital representative who has signing authority on behalf of their hospital(s) and agrees to and accept the required legal forms related to the DDSP. Once the platform has been initially accessed and the legal agreements signed, the Designated Contact is now simply a user on the Platform. After initially accessing the DDSP, the Designated Contact can invite additional users to access their DDS workspace. These additional users may include other staff who can invite and manage other users. The Designated Contact is not necessarily the same person who performs the data submission process. On-boarding is related to the agreement and acceptance of the required legal forms related to the DDSP. Designated Contacts should on-board as early as possible to facilitate the review and acceptance of the legal forms.

There are two or three distinct steps required to utilize the DDSP:

  1. hospital onboarding (See section 9 for information regarding onboarding);
  2. For eCQMs, (A) uploading QRDA I documents and (B) submitting eCQM data;
  3. For Chart-Abstracted Measures, entering and saving aggregate data.

Each hospital is responsible for all users who are invited and granted permissions on the DDSP per the legal agreements.

8.9: Is the Designated Contact the same as the ORYX Contact listed on JC Connect?
The Designated Contact is specific to the DDSP onboarding process and may or may not be the same as the hospital’s ORYX Contact. A different Designated DDS Contact does not modify the ORYX Contact on Joint Commission Connect.

8.10: I'm the ORYX Contact, but not the Designated Contact for DDS. How do I inform The Joint Commission who the Designated Contact is?
The Designated Contact is the first person to initially access the DDSP and signs off on the legal documents on behalf of the hospital. Once a hospital has accessed the Platform and additional users have been granted access, there is no longer need for a specified Designated Contact. If an organization is unable to access the DDSP due to staff changes, they should contact .

8.11: Can a hospital invite an external user (e.g., vendor or consultant) to assist them on the DDSP for submission of eCQM or chart-abstracted measures?
Hospital staff using the DDSP for measure submission can grant external user permissions to assist with functionality at their discretion. Hospital staff can add/invite users via the DDSP menu topic, “Invite & Manage Users”. Hospital staff using the Joint Commission’s DDSP are responsible for the data submission process and the relationships with users on the DDSP.

8.12: Where can I find a list of Joint Commission approved vendors for accreditation purposes for CY2022?
Effective 1/1/2020, The Joint Commission no longer has contracts with ORYX vendors and there is no longer a list of Joint Commission approved ORYX vendors. All hospitals utilize the DDSP for submission of both chart-abstracted measures and eCQMs data for accreditation purposes. Hospitals have the option of inviting a third-party consultant, such as a vendor, to the DDSP to assist with data submission at their discretion.