Joint Commission Online - Aug. 9, 2023
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August 09, 2023The Joint Commission is revising a performance measure for the advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement (THKR) certification program’s performance measure — THKR-5: Postoperative Functional/Health Status Assessment — to align with a similar measure adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Postoperative functional/health status assessments (FSAs) for the patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and/or FSAs must be submitted within 365 days (acceptable range of 300-425 days).
The change — which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2024 — aligns the performance measure with CMS’ recently adopted performance measure, Hospital-Level, Risk-Standardized Patient-Reported Outcomes Following Elective Primary Total Hip and/or Total Knee Arthroplasty, as part of the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program. The IQR Program features a postoperative patient-reported, outcome-based performance measure submission period of 365 days (acceptable range of 300-425 days).
The change to the Joint Commission measure is intended to ease the data collection burden on reporters who submit data for both measures. The CMS measure was developed with extensive input from clinical experts, who recommended that the postoperative data collection period be aligned with clinical workflow and the typical one-year postoperative follow-up visit to allow for better patient-reported outcome data capture. In addition, patients often do not greatly improve function within three months of their operation because of the lengthy healing process. A one-year follow-up period allows adequate time for patients to regain optimal function and be able to accurately assess the success of their procedure.
This change will be updated in the v2024A Specifications Manual.
August 09, 2023Updated Accelerate PI™ Dashboard Reports are available for home health, hospice, inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF), inpatient psychiatric facility (IPF), and long-term acute care hospital (LTCH) organizations to provide updated performance measurement data on a select subset of quality measures.
The refreshed home healthcare and hospice reports contain data through the first quarter of 2022. The refreshed IRF, IPF, and LTCH reports contain data through the fourth quarter of 2021.
Data in the reports comes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) Compare website. The reports are intended to be a springboard for conversations on performance measures and quality improvement during the survey process, as well as a guide to support an organization’s quality journey.
Reports are located under the “Resources and Tools” menu below the DASH heading in Joint Commission Connect®.
August 09, 2023Organizations now have more time to apply for the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards.
Applications for the Individual Achievement, National Level Innovation and Local Level Innovation categories are now due at 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, Aug. 21.
The annual award program recognizes major achievements by individuals and organizations that use innovative approaches to improve patient safety and healthcare quality. Through the award program, The Joint Commission and NQF also seek to amplify best practices in patient safety and quality improvement by sharing strategies and tools identified within applications with its network of more than 22,000 healthcare organizations to inspire improvement on a national scale.
For more information and to apply, please visit the Eisenberg Awards webpage. Interested parties may inquire about eligibility and the application process by contacting EisenbergAwards@qualityforum.org.
August 09, 2023“Toward Health Care Equity: Sensitive Care for a Diverse Patient Population” — a new guide available from Joint Commission Resources — provides basic knowledge and awareness about the myriad ways in which patients are diverse to help healthcare providers strengthen the connection between healthcare equity and quality health care. The first step toward providing equitable health care is to develop cultural sensitivity.
The guide is offered as an e-book site license so that all staff in a healthcare organization can easily and cost-effectively learn how to provide equitable healthcare. It focuses on aspects of diversity that go beyond ethnicity, race, culture, and religion, and covers sexual orientation, gender identity, generational/age-related needs, disabilities, and more.
This educational resource for staff offers succinct, helpful information to improve patient-provider communication and move toward healthcare equity for all patients.
Purchase the guide.
August 09, 2023NAHQ Next — a multi-day virtual event that addresses the most urgent and important issues facing healthcare today — is scheduled for Sept. 11-13. It offers a full schedule of educational sessions organized around NAHQ’s twice-validated Healthcare Quality Competency Framework. Register by Monday, Aug. 21, for the best value.