Hospitals must start to collect ORYX data now

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, recently reminded accredited hospitals that they are expected to begin collecting data now on the first sets of the ORYX core performance measures. The Joint Commission long has sought to implement standardized core measures as part of the ORYX initiative, which is designed to integrate outcomes and other performance measurement data into the accreditation process.

Deadline was extended six months

The July 1, 2002, deadline was an extension of six months from the original target date. The Joint Commission says this timing is intended to allow hospitals and performance measurement systems sufficient time to plan and budget for activities related to the collection of core measure data. These are some important dates in the Joint Commission’s implementation schedule for ORYX:

October 2001: The Joint Commission will release final technical specifications for initial measure sets.

November 2001 through June 2002: Hospitals will formally select core measure sets based on the health care services that they provide.

July 2002: Hospitals will begin data collection.

January 2003: The Joint Commission will receive the first core measure data for the July 1 to Sept. 30, 2002 quarter. The due date is four months from the end of the last month of the reporting quarter.