Joint Commission scales back ORYX requirements

Recently and without much fanfare, the Oakbrook Terrace, IL-based Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) agreed to lower the reporting requirements for its new performance-based accreditation system, ORYX.

When it was first introduced, ORYX required hospitals to submit two measures in 1998 and then add two measures each year until the hospital was reporting on almost all of its clinical care activities. Under the new requirements, a cap has been set at an ultimate total of six measures.

According to officials at the American Hospital Association in Chicago, JCAHO’s change of heart came as a result of discussions with state hospital associations, who had felt left out of the process of developing ORYX and who advocated a simpler and less burdensome approach.