The Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures includes HBIPS and PC core measure sets that are not common to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Selected standardized measure sets have been incorporated in this specifications manual to centralize the measures used for Joint Commission programs into one manual and includes ACHF, ACHFOP, and STK.
Measures listed in this manual are Chart-Abstracted Measures. Chart abstraction is the review of medical record documentation from the current episode of care for the purposes of data collection and submission. The manual is posted on the Performance Measurement Network Q&A Forum.
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Note: Over time, it may be necessary to view historical or future versions of the Specification Manuals as the Specifications Manuals are based on very specific data collection time periods (i.e., based on hospital discharge dates).
The Release Notes for each version of the manual outline the changes associated with that specific release and include corrections and clarifications from the Joint Commission.