The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is seeking to evaluate measurement systems that include long-term care performance measures for potential use in the accreditation process.
The Joint Commission began soliciting measurement systems in 1995, and convened the Council on Performance Measurement - a group of nationally recognized experts in performance measurement - to establish a framework and review criteria for evaluating systems formally requesting consideration. The Council recently reviewed the initial list of candidate performance measurement systems for future inclusion in the accreditation process, and long-term care measurement systems are encouraged to continue to submit applications for consideration. The Council will meet twice a year to identify systems that, based on information provided by the systems, meet the initial criteria for future inclusion in the accreditation process.
By offering a variety of measurement systems, accredited long-term care organizations will be able to choose the one that best meets its needs; and within each measurement system the accredited organization will be able to select the specific indicators that are most applicable to the patient care services it offers.
Performance measurement focuses on the results of care provided and other measures that are proxies for likely outcomes. The measures are designed to complement the use of standards upon which the Joint Commission has historically based its accreditation process. Used together, the two approaches will enable the Joint Commission to evaluate organization performance more precisely than ever before and use this information to support performance improvement efforts in long-term care facilities.
For more information, contact Mary Kay Bowie, RN, Department of Research and Evaluation at (630) 792-5974.