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Comprehensive Stroke Certification: Standardized Performance Measures

October 5, 2016

Stroke (STK) Measures

Certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers must meet the performance measurement requirements for Primary Stroke Centers which includes data collection for the eight Joint Commission stroke (STK) measures.  Monthly data points should be submitted every quarter through the Certification Measure Information Process (CMIP) available through The Joint Commission Connect™ Extranet site or via a Certification Vendor. The links to manuals detailing stroke (STK) measure specifications are below: 

Comprehensive Stroke (CSTK) Measures

In addition to STK measure data collection, Certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers must also collect data for eight CSTK measures, elevating the performance measurement requirement for comprehensive stroke certification to a total of 16 measures.  The CSTK measures were developed for  the management of both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke patients in hospitals equipped with the clinical expertise, infrastructure, and specialized neurointerventional and imaging services needed to provide the next level of stroke care. Quarterly data submission via a Certification Vendor is strongly encouraged for this measure set.

NOTE: The Joint Commission has suspended data collection for the CSTK-07 Median Time to Revascularization measure until further notice.  Suspension of data collection for this measure is retroactive for discharges on and after January 1, 2016.  A new measure, CSTK-09 Arrival Time to Skin Puncture, will be added to the set for implementation January 1, 2017. 

The comprehensive stroke (CSTK) measure specifications are detailed in the Comprehensive Stroke (CSTK) Performance Measurement Implementation Guide. The links to the implementation guides are below:




Please submit questions about stroke (STK and CSTK) measure specifications to the Performance Measurement Network Q&A Forum. For additional information about Comprehensive Stroke or Disease-Specific Care Certification, please submit your question to